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Alternative English title: The Scorpio File
Burt Lancaster (Cross)
Alain Delon (Jean 'Scorpio' Laurier)
Paul Scofield (Zharkov)
John Colicos (McLeod)
Gayle Hunnicutt (Susan)
J.D. Cannon (Filchock)
Cross is an old hand at the CIA, in charge of assassinating high-ranking foreign personalities who are an obstacle to the policies of the USA. He often teams up with Frenchman Jean Laurier, alias "Scorpio", a gifted free-lance operative. One day, the CIA orders Scorpio to eliminate Cross -- and leaves him no choice but to obey. Scorpio is cold-blooded and very systematic; however, as a veteran agent, Cross knows many tricks. He can also rely upon a network of unusual personal contacts, some dating back to the troubled years preceding WWII. A lethal game of hide-and-seek is programmed, but what are the true motives of every single player?