The Scorpio File (1973)

The Scorpio File (1973)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Scorpio File Photos

Movie Info

Burt Lancaster and Alain Delon play cat-and-mouse games in this Cold War melodrama filmed in Paris, Vienna and Washington, D.C. Zharkov: Paul Scofield. McLeod: John Colicos. Susan: Gayle Hunnicutt. Filchock: J.D. Cannon. Michael Winner directed.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Scimitar Films

Watch it now


Critic Reviews for The Scorpio File

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

The strain of cynicism and paranoia that marked the majority of 70s political thrillers can be found in the effectively dour Scorpio, which feels like a Yankee version of the sort of espionage tales being churned out by John le Carré over in England.

Full Review… | November 28, 2015
Creative Loafing

Quote not available.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Quote not available.

July 23, 2005

Quote not available.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Quote not available.

February 16, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Quote not available.

July 26, 2002
Hot Button

Audience Reviews for The Scorpio File

Solid espionage thriller with a very dark tone.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Without Burt Lancaster at 59 doing his own stunts I would have sadly lost interest in this 70's C.I.A. caper. The film has its fans and flattering synopsis. Lancaster playing a very clever agent on the run from the CIA, this appears to be a TV movie more often than not. The latest reviews at the time of this review are all over the place, a zero% to 100%. Made in 1973, this is a rather well done, if by now worn plot of a veteran agent accused of selling out to the then super power Soviets. The CIA want him eliminated by a French killer named Scorpio. Lancaster was initially attempting to train Scorpio about everything he knew when things went bad. I have to allow others to decide for me on this one as it was slow to keep my attention. Some of the actors are from television which doesn't help matters. I wouldn't want anyone to not watch this film as I believe it has promise and worth. * Films directed by Michael Winner 1960s Some Like It Cool (1961) · Old Mac (1961) · Out of the Shadow (1961) · Play It Cool (1962) · The Cool Mikado (1963) · West 11 (1963) · The System (1964) · You Must Be Joking! (1965) · The Jokers (1967) · I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967) · Hannibal Brooks (1969) 1970s The Games (1970) · Lawman (1971) · The Nightcomers (1972) · Chato's Land (1972) · The Mechanic (1972) · Scorpio (1973) · The Stone Killer (1973) · Death Wish (1974) · Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) · The Sentinel (1977) · The Big Sleep (1978) · Firepower (1979) 1980s Death Wish II (1982) · The Wicked Lady (1983) · Scream for Help (1984) · Death Wish 3 (1985) · A Chorus of Disapproval (1988) · Appointment With Death (1988) 1990s Bullseye! (1990) · Dirty Weekend (1993) · Parting Shots (1998) Directed by Michael Winner * Produced by Walter Mirisch Written by David W. Rintels Gerald Wilson Starring Burt Lancaster Alain Delon Paul Scofield John Colicos Gayle Hunnicutt J.D. Cannon Music by Jerry Fielding Release date(s) 1973 (1973) Running time 114 min. Country United States

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

One of Michael Winner's better films, but that's not saying much as he's pretty much just a studio hack. As for the film's positives, it does feature solid acting from Lancaster, Delon, and Scofield, and the plot is, at the very least, interesting as it features a multitude of double-crosses and scenes of espionage as well as good action sequences. However, the direction is very flat and uninteresting, the plot begins to become repetitive and drag, and the story ends up being pretty much about nothing (only a series of double crosses).

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

The Scorpio File Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Scorpio File on our Movie forum!

News & Features