Thursday, May 28, 2015

Scorpio (1973)

dir. Michael Winner

Cross (Burt Lancaster) gets a gun wrapped in a newspaper and walks away – Avenue Kléber at Rue de Belloy, Paris, France.

Cross and his protégé Jean Laurier’s (Alain Delon) safe house – 39 Rue Jean-Baptiste-Pigalle, Paris, France.

Sarah's (Joanne Linville) house in DC – 4641 Garfield Street NW, Washington, DC.

The CIA stakeout – 4636 Hawthorne Lane NW, Washington, DC.

Cross driving out – W. Glebe Road at Russell Road, Alexandria, Virginia.

Cross going into a Safeway store – 221 W. Glebe Road, Alexandria, Virginia. It’s no longer a Safeway but the building still stands.

The car chase in a narrow passage – 1006 F Street NW, Washington, DC.

The Greyhound bus terminal – 1100 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC. An office building was erected on the spot of the former bus depot but they preserved the art deco facade at the north entrance.

Laurier aka "Scorpio" visiting his girlfriend Susan (Gayle Hunnicutt) – Still searching for this location

Cross calling Sarah – Still searching for this location

Laurier embarrasses the CIA agent who's been following him – Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The hotel is currently undergoing an extensive renovation.

The CIA Headquarters – Langley, Virginia. Burt Lancaster used his influence with Democratic Senator John V. Tunney to obtain permission to film at the real headquarters. CIA director Richard Helms approved the clearance of Winner and his crew, for whom he issued CIA identity badges that looked almost like the real thing.

Laurier on a date with Susan – Georgetown University, Washington, DC

The CIA detains Zemetkin (Vladek Sheybal) – Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Virginia

Laurier walking with Susan – Lincoln Memorial, Lincoln Memorial Circle SW, Washington, DC

Cross arrives in Vienna – Schreyvogelgasse, Vienna, Austria. This is an obvious nod to The Third Man since he's standing almost on the same spot where Holly Martins was looking for Harry Lime.

Cross getting into a car – Schreyvogelgasse 8, Vienna, Austria. They pass in front of the doorway where Harry Lime made his famous appearance in The Third Man. As the car drives away, they turn into Mölker Steig.

Cross is waiting for his next ride, and then a pickup truck appears – Domgasse at Blutgasse, Vienna, Austria. The house on the left in the second picture is the famous Mozart House. Many thanks to Lois for finding this location.

The pickup truck takes Cross to Zharkov’s (Paul Scofield) safehouse – Sankt-Ulrichs-Platz, Vienna, Austria.

Zharkov's safehouse – Sankt-Ulrichs-Platz 4, Vienna, Austria.

The hotel where Laurier is staying – König von Ungarn, Schulerstraße 10, Vienna, Austria.

Cross meeting with Max (Shmuel Rodensky) – Papagenogasse 4, Vienna, Austria. They're standing at the back of the Hotel Beethoven, and the distinct yellow building at the end of the street the Theater an der Wien.

The Soviet embassy – Jaurèsgasse 1, Vienna, Austria. The church across the street is the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The real Russian embassy is located to the left of the cathedral.

Cross meeting with Max in a cafe – Café Landtmann, Universitätsring 4, Vienna, Austria.

Laurier waiting in a car for an Austrian agent – Dr.-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz, Vienna, Austria.

Laurier tries to trap Cross in a greenhouse – Palmenhaus, Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria.

The American embassy – Strudlhofgasse 19, Vienna, Austria. The real American embassy is located just around the corner at Boltzmanngasse 16.

Zharkov feeding pigeons – Graben, Vienna, Austria. The monument in front of him is the Pestsäule (Plague Column), erected to commemorate the end of the Great Plague epidemic in 1679.

Zharkov traps an agent in an elevator – Praterstraße 1-7, Vienna, Austria. The building has since been demolished.

Max's apartment – Raimundhof, Vienna, Austria. The door he enters is now a café, and the yard has been transformed into a shopping passage.

Cross running away from his pursuers – Friedrichstraße at Niebelungengasse, Vienna, Austria.

Cross entering the northwest corner of Karlsplatz, and a shootout ensues on the construction site of the Karlsplatz U-bahn station. Due to some misunderstanding, the chase and shootout went beyond the designated area, resulting in real cars honking and real pedestrians screaming at the actors. The scene ended up being more realistic than intended.

Karlsplatz with the Karlskirche in the background.

Zharkov on a park bench – Volksgarten looking southeast, Vienna, Austria.

Zharkov leaving the park – Volksgarten, Vienna, Austria

Zharkov getting in a car – Volksgarten looking at Heldenplatz, Vienna, Austria

Zharkov forces a CIA agent to ride with him – Schloßallee looking at the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

Zharkov walking to his boat – Handelskai by Reichsbrücke, Vienna, Austria

Sarah's funeral in DC – Rock Creek Cemetery, 201 Allison Street NW, Washington, DC

Zharkov sets up his boss – Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof, Julius-Tandler-Platz, Vienna, Austria. The current terminal was built in 1978.

Laurier gets a cat from a shelter – Still searching for this location

Cross meeting with Miff Wilson – Still searching for this location

Miff gets off the car – O Street looking at Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Miff waiting for McLeod (John Colicos) – 3218 O Street NW, Washington, DC

Miff jumps on McLeod's car – 3219 O Street NW, Washington, DC

Cross walking away after killing McLeod – 3224 O Street NW, Washington, DC

Laurier watching the surveillance footage showing Sarah coming out of the Library of Congress, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC

Laurier watching Susan getting into her car – Healy Hall, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

The parking garage – Still searching for this location

See also...

Le Samourai

Le Professionnel


  1. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much for doing all this work. I saw this movie as a teenager and loved it. I have looked for so long for many of the places, finally just last year finding the places in Georgetown while on a school trip with students. I've been trying to find the location of the cat adoption using the Howard Johnson sign as a help and the location of the apartment of Jacques' sister and girlfriend by using the name the door, "The Ca..." No hints for the garage at the end, other than I think "CAA" parking. Thank you again.

    1. You're very welcome. I used the same clues as you suggested but no luck so far.

  2. I live in New York City, so if you need any help with pictures, please let me know. Thanks.

  3. I'm watching the movie now. Thanks for the posting.

  4. Thank you for all your hard work researching this film this is awesome.