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Payday (1973)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 September 1975 (Sweden)
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A cynical look at the life of a not so nice country-western singer, Maury Dann - played by Rip Torn in one of his most memorable performances. He ruthlessly manipulates every one around him... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maury Dann
Ahna Capri ...
Mayleen Travis
Elayne Heilveil ...
Rosamond McClintock
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Clarence McGinty
Jeff Morris ...
Bob Tally
Cliff Emmich ...
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Henry O. Arnold ...
Ted
Bobby Smith ...
Lyman Pitt
Dallas Smith ...
Henry Tutweiler
Richard Hoffman ...
Foggy Bottom Yonce
Walter Bamberg ...
Bridgeway
Eleanor Fell ...
Galen Dann
Cara Dunn ...
Mama Dann
Linda Spatz ...
Sandy
Earle Trigg ...
Bob Dickey
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A cynical look at the life of a not so nice country-western singer, Maury Dann - played by Rip Torn in one of his most memorable performances. He ruthlessly manipulates every one around him to suit his selfish needs...he even gets his limo driver to take the blame for the death of a fan which he stabbed. Written by Ian Johnston <bjmoose@idirect.com>

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For Maury Dann Super-Star, every day is "PAYDAY." See more »

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18 September 1975 (Sweden)  »

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Rip Torn's character is loosely based on Hank Williams. See more »

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[To Rosamond.]
Mayleen: If I was a man, I'd ball you, too. God knows you're easy enough.
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Written by Ian Tyson & Sylvia Tyson
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Real life on the '70's Outlaw music circuit a la Johnny Cash
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this on the big screen at AFI in Washinton D.C. and was blown away. From what I've ready about life on the road in the seventies, this movie recreates the itinerate life of outlaw musicians like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, etc, perfectly; Rip Torn is a revelation for those who don't know his work from the 70's when he was thin and charismatic.

I can't think of any film that quite captures the feeling of what it must have been like to be running around on amphetamines and barbiturates in the 70's (which had their peak usage then), from show to show, on a medium size tour circuit complete with one night stands, hanger-ons, fistfights, and various charlatans. The drugs are specific to this period as Qualudes, and various uppers and downers, were being produced legally (albeit with a prescription. This makes for a certain kind of life you could never lead now as the drugs just aren't available like they were then. (Johnny Cash gotten busted I believe in the 70's for smuggling a whole bunch of pills from Mexico). Farewell to a bygone era. If you couldn't be there, this may be your best education.


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