Griffith plays a sinister, ruthless villain, and Kennedy does well as an early example of an antihero. The movie is far better than the title and many of these pretentious reviews would have you believe. This film has the skeleton of an entertaining story, but characters change alliances and motivations far too quickly, with any explanation as to why happening off-screen or apparently not at all. I say grab you drink of choice and have fun with it. Take it too seriously and one would wonder why you wanted this in the first place. Unless you just wanted to write a pompous ass review on imdb.