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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 »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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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 
Tommy McKinney 
Shel Silverstein 
Ian Tyson 
Sylvia Tyson 
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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Both Ralph J. Gleason and Don Carpenter recommended Rip Torn for the role of Maury Dann.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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Road to NashvilleSee more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Payday hits the paydirt, 28 November 2005
Author: Miksa76 from Finland

I saw this about 3 years ago - I got to admit I was slightly inebriated after a lot of alcohol, but still some of the scenes penetrated my mind clearly, with their pull-no-punches cynicism. Maury Dann (played by Rip Torn) was one of the most memorable crooks I've ever seen in film. This sombre character study from the 70's addresses the themes of power and using people, set in the world of country & western music. As Dann's world slowly but surely crumbles, we see glimpses of the past of this cynical singer star trying to hit it big and the bleak relationships around him.

I agree with the previous writer, that the film is (sadly) largely unknown, despite a great script by the writer Don Carpenter and a staggering performance from Rip Torn.

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