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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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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
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
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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The temperature peaked at 96 degrees on several days during the shooting of the movie.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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Baby Here's a DimeSee more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The film that should have made Rip Torn a movie star, 16 March 2005
Author: christopherleebrick from United States

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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