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Payday (1973)


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Release Date: Feb 22, 1973 Wide



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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


Drama, Classics

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Jan 8, 2008

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...the kind of film that's easy to admire but really hard to like.

January 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Outstanding study of self-destructive country singer

October 28, 2005
Film Journal International

Rip Torn gives one of the great unsung film performances in a somber -- but never solemn -- portrait of self-destruction.

November 23, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Payday

Rip Torn is fucking amazing in this flick. I have always appreciated him, but felt it was sad that most people will remember him for Men in Black and Dodgeball (which he was funny in, but, still..) because you see him in a performance like this. The script is pretty interesting but takes some dumb, movie cliche turns that went against it's day in the life type story line. I could have watched Rip Torn talk to people all day, but they had to get a plot going and the co-stars are bad at best. The thing that saved this movie was the ending which I loved and wondered why the middle of the movie went so wrong.
January 30, 2009

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A feeling very close to exhaustion, a kind of psychic emptiness, pervades this film.
July 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Maury Dann: You only go through this life once. You might as well do it in a Cadillac.
    – Submitted by Jack D (2 years ago)
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