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Payday (1973)

R | | Drama, Music | 9 June 1975 (Sweden)
Maury Dann (Rip Torn, in one of his most memorable performances) is a not-so-nice country-Western singer. He ruthlessly manipulates everyone around him to suit his selfish needs...he even ... See full summary »

Director:

Daryl Duke

Writer:

Don Carpenter
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rip Torn ... Maury Dann
Ahna Capri ... Mayleen Travis
Elayne Heilveil ... Rosamond McClintock
Michael C. Gwynne ... Clarence McGinty
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Bob Tally
Cliff Emmich ... Chicago
Henry O. Arnold Henry O. Arnold ... Ted
Bobby Smith Bobby Smith ... Lyman Pitt
Dallas Smith Dallas Smith ... Henry Tutweiler
Richard Hoffman Richard Hoffman ... Foggy Bottom Yonce
Walter Bamberg Walter Bamberg ... Bridgeway
Eleanor Fell ... Galen Dann
Clara Dunn Clara Dunn ... Mama Dann
Linda Spatz Linda Spatz ... Sandy
Earle Trigg Earle Trigg ... Bob Dickey
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Maury Dann (Rip Torn, in one of his most memorable performances) is a not-so-nice country-Western singer. He ruthlessly manipulates everyone around him to suit his selfish needs...he even gets his limo driver to take the blame for the death of a fan whom he stabbed. Written by Ian Johnston <bjmoose@idirect.com>

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Maury Dann lived for the birds ... the booze ... the brawls but in the end it was payday! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Quotes

[To Rosamond.]
Mayleen: If I was a man, I'd ball you, too. God knows you're easy enough.
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Connections

Featured in Trailer Trauma V: 70s Action Attack! (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Here's a Dime
Written by Shel Silverstein
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A forgotten character study film from the 1970's
27 March 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

For those of you who are familiar with Rip Torn as irascible and authoritarian yet lovable characters such as Artie in "The Larry Sanders Show" and Zed in "Men in Black" be prepared for a shock. In this film there is nothing likable about Torn's character Maury Dann, a country singer currently on tour through the south. There is no wisdom behind his cynicism - he is all about using people. Specifically he is all about indulging in all the sex and substance abuse he can without regard to what it does to others. His life takes a turn to an even darker place when the boyfriend of one of his one-night stands catches up with him in a restaurant one day. This is one of those character study films that were very popular in the 1970's, and Torn does a great job playing a totally ruthless individual who has a totally different on-stage persona from his actual personality. He even does a fine job singing the country and western songs. Payday was directed by 1974 National Society of Film Critics Award winner Daryl Duke.

It's a hidden gem worth seeking out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Selma, Alabama, USA

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Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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