Payday (1972): Daryl Duke’s Drama with Country Music, Starring Rip Torn

In the character-driven Payday, directed by Daryl Duke and produced by Saul Zaentz, Rip Torn stars as Maury Dann, a mid-level country singer touring through the south.

The road is Maury’s playground, and he liberally indulges in drugs, alcohol, and sexual relations with women he finds along the way.

But when the angry boyfriend of a woman with whom he’s had a liaison spots Maury in a restaurant, suddenly he has a bigger problem than anticipated.

Torn turns in a strong performance as the unscrupulous performer and does a fine job singing the Shel Silverstein-penned country tunes.

 

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