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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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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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36 hours in the life of a madman. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Feature film debut of Elayne Heilveil. 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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Featured in Trailer Trauma V: 70s Action Attack! (2020) See more »

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Flatland
Written by Tommy McKinney (as T. McKinney)
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Real life on the '70's Outlaw music circuit a la Johnny Cash
31 January 2005 | by andrew_pererSee all my reviews

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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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

9 June 1975 (Sweden) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Selma, Alabama, USA

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$760,000 (estimated)
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