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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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Maury Dann, played by Rip Torn, mentions that one of his children is named Elmore. Torn's real first name is Elmore.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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Slowly Fadin' CircleSee more »


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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
True gem worth finding, 13 May 1999
Author: devalier

This is another one of those brilliant character studies that proliferated film screens in the early 1970's. Rip Torn gives a superb performance as Maury Dann, a mercurial, drunken country/western singer whose life ultimately careens out-of-control during a road tour. Payday is probably the most accurate filmed depiction of a musician's life on the road that you'll ever see: endless drug abuse, random sex, sudden violence. It's all here in one well-written, astutely directed package. Sadly, Payday is seldom seen in revival houses or on television. This is a true gem worth finding.

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