This movie really earns its punches, which is refreshing to see. Even today. I guess that's what's really appealing about this flick. Sure, its revenge rag to riches and film noir trappings aren't really what makes the movie work so well, its the fact that it draws in you with sympathy for the lower class without feeling like an uninspired discourse in the evils of capitalism. This is no Micheal Moore doc, kids!