...the more they stay the same
This was a great movie. Still applicable to today's corporate world, which can be ruthless and unfeeling even when you've given them everything you've got and there's no proper work/life balance.
Briggs was a tragic character on multiple accounts, but what I really liked was that he wasn't a "yes man" like so many of the other executives who reported to Ramsay. Perhaps times had changed, and it was time for a change with respect to his position, but I loved that he had a backbone when squaring off against Ramsay.
The tragedy was that he'd spent most of his adult life working like a dog, rarely able to spend time with his son, only to die in -- and because of -- a workplace that had been plotting his "demise" anyway. I really liked Briggs's speech about the little humiliations one has to endure when one is being pushed out of an organization. However, I'm glad he didn't succumb so easily to Ramsay's machinations -- but then again, I wish he had: it just wasn't worth it in the end.
I love it when old movies hit the nail on the head in terms of what continues to occur in modern times (sometimes I think things were so different in the old days, but in many ways, they were the same).