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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 [[Performer~P177641~Don Carpenter~doncarpenter]]'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


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


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