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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 ...
Chicago
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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It took fourteen days to shoot all the car scenes. 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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The film that should have made Rip Torn a movie star
16 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rip Torn was originally slated to play the lawyer role that Jack Nicholson played in "Easy Rider". After a last-minute spat with Dennis Hopper, Torn was no longer part of the project. (Nicholson, who had pretty much given up on acting by then and was working in a technical capacity on the film, stepped into the role and the rest is history.) No matter; Torn went on to do this movie a couple years later, and if there were any justice in the movie biz (there isn't) this role would have made Rip Torn a bona fide movie star; (instead he is a respected film/t.v actor and a bona fide star of the American stage; most people in the public simply don't know who he is or they get him confused with Rip Taylor, the comedian/magician). CHECK THIS MOVIE OUT, if you're lucky enough to find it; (don't bother with the big video chain stores--you'll need a hip mom/pop shop to locate this one). It is well worth the search. Torn (as Maury Dann) does his own singing (a precursor to Robert Duvall's work in "Tender Mercies") and does it well; the supporting actors are great, the writing quirky and strong, and the direction bold. The film is also filled with some unforgettable scenes: Maury confronted by a jealous boyfriend in a diner tops the list; also, the strangely funny scene where Maury goes home and visits his barbiturate-addled Mother, and the scene where Chicago, the driver, talks about his love of cooking. Other scenes, such as when Maury goes "bird shooting", are memorable simply because they ring out as authentic and true. Some of the other comments seem disappointed with the ending; it didn't bother me. Though disturbing, I thought it worked. There was a sense of inevitability leading up to it. This is a portrait of a singer living on the edge of country music stardom and riding a "downbound train". The film is powerful and stays with you. And, yes, almost nobody knows about it.


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