. films came out like "rambo," and "top gun," which dominated at the box office and were basically recruitment for the military. but there were films like "platoon," that indicated to reagan that there was a lot of work to do to cement a positive narrative with an culture. he recognized the linkage between the cultural mood in the implementation of policy. it also played a role in how he approached policymaking, and use stories to indicate the shorthand for the policies he wanted to enact. tom reed recalls that during meetings, as they discussed the cold war strategy, the reference to gary cooper, from high noon it -- high noon. he wanted the u.s. to be a global marshall kane. once a conflict was done, he would walk away as the sunset in front of them. red storm rising convinced reagan that the u.s. did not necessarily have a need for nuclear forces, because the u.s. could defeat the soviets in a straight up tank battle, a regular fight, without having to escalate weapons of mass destruction. reagan expressed in this connection explicitly to margaret thatcher, following reykjavik.