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18 September 1975 (Sweden) See more »
If you can't smoke it, drink it, spend it or love it... forget it. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Real life on the '70's Outlaw music circuit a la Johnny Cash See more (14 total) »


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Rip Torn ... Maury Dann
Ahna Capri ... Mayleen Travis
Elayne Heilveil ... Rosamond McClintock

Michael C. Gwynne ... 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
Winton McNair ... Officer Ratliff
Micheal Edwards ... Restaurant manager (as Mike Edwards)
Gene Cody ... Motel manager
Frazier Moss ... Jesse Weatherwax
Bill Littleton ... Process server
Phillip Wende ... Billy Lee Blackstone
Ed Neeley ... Abe

Sonny Shroyer ... Dabney
Cliff Hillerby ... Club manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clara Dunn ... Mama Dann

Directed by
Daryl Duke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don Carpenter  writer

Produced by
Don Carpenter .... co-producer
Martin Fink .... producer
Ralph J. Gleason .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ed Bogas (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Richard C. Glouner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
Casting by
Steven R. Stevens 
Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Bremerkamp .... assistant director
Gary Grillo .... assistant director (as Gary B. Grillo)
Art Department
Horst Grandt .... property master
Sound Department
Harold M. Etherington .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph A. August Jr. .... camera operator
Doug Pentek .... gaffer
Bernie Schwartz .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oscar Rodriguez .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Scott Conrad .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ed Bogas .... music supervisor
Other crew
Ed Azlant .... assistant to producer
Natalie Drache .... script supervisor
Len Smith .... assistant to producer

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103 min
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Rip Torn's character is loosely based on Hank Williams.See more »
[To Rosamond.]
Mayleen:If I was a man, I'd ball you, too. God knows you're easy enough.
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Real life on the '70's Outlaw music circuit a la Johnny Cash, 31 January 2005
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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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