When I first saw the movie thirty-some years ago, I didn't pick up on just how cocky and pigheaded Cruise's character was.
A nihilistic, pointless, and ultimately forgettable oddity. I would easily categorize this as an anti-audience Western.
The filmmakers sell the movie with a gun-driven plot, multiple guns on the poster, then embark on pushing a cartoonish stereotype of 'gun nuts', or anyone who believes in defending themselves against violent crime.
It was discovered years ago by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley, authors of the book Stolen Valor, that Dennehy's claims of Vietnam service were BS.
"Those people standing in line are just the ones who'd already seen the movie and wanted their money back."