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A musician finds his life and his career jumping off the rails in this moody, intelligent drama. Maury Dann (Rip Torn) is a singer and songwriter struggling to hold onto his footing as one of the top names in country & western music. This being 1972, long before the Nashville sound had gone "mainstream," Dann has a new Cadillac and a small entourage to show for his efforts, but most of his shows are one-nighters at beer-soaked honky tonks in the Deep South. Onstage Maury Dann comes off as a soft-hearted good ol' boy, but off the stand, Dann is a mean-spirited hell raiser with a nearly unquenchable appetite for booze, pills, and women. Over the course of a seemingly typical day and a half, Dann steals a fan's girlfriend; ditches his longtime mistress, Mayleen (Anna Capri); picks up a naïve groupie named Rosamond (Elayne Heilveil) and gives her a crash course in life on the road; fires his guitar player (and best friend) and hires a starry-eyed teenager as his replacement; tries to bribe a disc jockey with booze and free records; has a harrowing run-in with his speed-addicted mother (Cara Dunn); discovers he's missed his son's birthday by four months; and, in cahoots with his manager, Clarence (Michael C. Gwynne), fast-talks his loyal driver, cook, and gofer, Chicago (Cliff Emmich), into taking a possible murder rap. While Payday earned excellent reviews (particularly for Rip Torn's superb performance as Maury Dann) and a handful of awards (Daryl Duke's direction won him a citation from the National Association of Film Critics, while Don Carpenter's screenplay received a prize from the Writer's Guild of America) the film's downbeat themes made it a tough sell. However, Payday gained a cult following, and more than one "outlaw" country star of the 1970s has been said to claim the film was based on his own true story. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Cliff Emmich
as Chauffeur
Winton McNair
as Highway Policeman
Earle Trigg
as Disk Jockey
Bill Littleton
as Process Server
Sonny Shroyer
as Dabney
Henry O. Arnold
as Ted
Walter Bamberg
as Bridgeway
Clara Dunn
as Mama Dann
Eleanor Fell
as Galen Dann
Michael Gwynne
as Clarence
Elayne Heilveil
as Rosamond
Jeff Morris
as Tally
Linda Spatz
as Sandy
Rip Torn
as Maury Dann
Ahna Capri
as Mayleen
Eleanor Fell
as Galen Dann
Ahna Capri
as Mayleen
Elayne Heilveil
as Rosamond
Linda Spatz
as Sandy
Henry O. Arnold
as Ted
Walter Bamberg
as Bridgeway
Winton McNair
as Highway Policeman
Michael Gwynne
as Clarence
Bill Littleton
as Process Server
Rip Torn
as Maury Dann
Earle Trigg
as Disk Jockey
Clara Dunn
as Mama Dann
Jeff Morris
as Tally
Sonny Shroyer
as Dabney
Cliff Emmich
as Chauffeur

Crew

Daryl Duke
Director
Martin Fink
Producer
Stephen W. Carpenter
Screenwriter
Don Carpenter
Screenwriter
Shel Silverstein
Songwriter
Ed Bogas
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ed Bogas
Composer (Music Score)
Tommy McKinney
Songwriter
Sylvia Tyson
Songwriter
Richard Halsey
Editor
Don Carpenter
Co-producer
Hal Etherington
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Grillo
First Assistant Director
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