At a small Mexican border town two families have been waging a mostly cold war against each other for decades. While the Baxter's show obvious disdain for their rivals, it is the Rojo family that appear to be taking the upper hand in the duel having massacred a passing troop who are guarding gold.
This action is witnessed by a passing pistol-handy traveller (Clint Eastwood). From his lodgings in the centre of the town he is able to see all of the action and he regularly takes on jobs for both the Baxter's and Rojo's in exchange for money.
When the families start dragging in the town's innocents, The Man With No Name hatches a plan to free the town from its civil war.
As well as boosting the ailing Western genre, A Fistful of Dollars boosted Clint Eastwood's career with critics immediately listing him alongside John Wayne as one of the greatest cowboy actors to have graced the silver screen. Impressively, Eastwood managed to later shake this image to become one of the 80's cop icons, which shows a lot about his impressive versatility.
A Fistful of Dollars' success lies mostly in its simple storyline. Two warring factions split by the neutral mysterious man is certainly compelling viewing - especially with the knowledge that quick showdowns and violent gun battles are just around the corner
An unmissable classic of the genre.