Cinema: Bad Sign

SCORPIO

Directed by MICHAEL WINNER Screenplay by DAVID W. RINTELS and GERALD WILSON

It is over 20 years since Burt Lancaster appeared in one of the most infectiously giddy of all adventure films, The Crimson Pirate, bounding over battlements, leaping from one mast of a frigate to another. That movie seemed molded, in part, around his early training as an acrobat, to which he added his own vaunting energy. Lancaster's ebullient stunts, their seeming spontaneity and gleeful effortlessness, made him seem like a scruffier, scrappier Douglas Fairbanks.

If Scorpio does little else, it proves that Lancaster, after all this time, still has an enviable...

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