A drifter came to a town. People living there are always feared because of lack of brave. They always rely on someone and complain all the time. No one is responsible and no one is Imdependent. That's the human nature. Or not. Anyway, westerns attract the deep part of Americans because it's their origin. Clint Eastwood may also describe his own root in this film.
Eastwood was never better here as the cool yet pragmatic stranger who's very anonymity makes him both mysterious and threatening to everyone he ruins into, friend or foe.
Interesting movie, there are a good amount of cheesy bits, as it is with most spaghetti westerns, but they are all good in that familiar campy way. It has a version of the High Noon plot, where a guy is supposed to save a town from a group of guys with a grudge. However it differs in a key aspect, the guy being hired also have a sort of grudge against most of the townsfolk. The action is good, the way they put the flashbacks in was well done, the acting was solid, and the villains are great.