"Either you allow people to have power because they are rich or they become rich through the possession of power. It does not make much difference in practice."
Big difference between 1980 and now? No internet. No 24/7 news cycle. No social media megaphone. The internet amplifies everything. For better or worse.
I like Fred Williamson. He has a terrific screen presence and I loved his work in Black Caesar, Bucktown, Hammer, Vigilante, M*A*S*H, and I wanted to like this movie. That didn't happen, unfortunately.
Scarface, The Godfather, The Long Good Friday, King Of New York, etc... To consider these sorts of gangster movies as metaphors for capitalism, one would have to be as ill-informed or as delusional as the gangster characters headlining each film.
Released in early 1977 to little fanfare. Savaged by reviewers. I enjoyed it, though.