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His life is on the road, and his career is on the skids -- but maybe a country singer's next song can take him out of the honkytonks and back onto the Country Music charts. Rip Torn ("Defending Your Life," the "Men in Black" movies) gives one of his most powerful and memorable performances in this unblinking chronicle of a not-so-nice country singer's life off-stage.]]>
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Top Customer Reviews
It's strange because i'm not a expert or nothing but, i think, in 100 years this movie will still be around. It is an expert, unflinching gaze at the degrading aspects of "celebrity."
Regarding the other reviewer's comment, I don't feel that Dann is evil -- the movie is much too realistic to fall into an easy moralistic framework. It almost runs like a documentary. You're here: buy it.
And what ever happened to Elayne Heilveil? She was as superlative in this flick as character Maury Dann was despicable.
DVD Special Features:
Commentary by Director Daryl Duke & Producer Saul Zaentz
Widescreen "Matted" format
Subtitles: English and French
Widescreen films, BTW, don't need to be "matted" because they are already widescreen, so I would guess that this is another blind application of a matte to a FS film to pass it off as widescreen. I hope they don't do as bad a job as they did with Cable Hogue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a brief slice of life for a sort of "has been" music star who is still almost rich and famous enough to con his way out of various troubles (but not quite. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mr. contrarian
Great spoof and sardonic view of an almost bigtime country singer!Published 3 months ago by Jon Vanirson
After I watched this movie this morning, I threw the DVD away, but kept the DVD case. At least the DVD case may be useful someday. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Movie Lover
Waylon Jennings said in an interview one time that this is how it was back in the good old days. Good movie very bitter sweet. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by LURKER666
In Joe Mogernstern's review of a current film he listed Payday as an earlier, but similar film. Usually his recommendations are pretty good. This one was not.Published on August 5, 2013 by Michael Burk
Rip Torn is excellent in this drama character study film as an out-of-control Country Western singer. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Tommy R
When describing his life on the road in the early seventies, Waylon Jennings in his autobiography says the movie Payday shows exactly what it was like. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by D. Sandholm
PAYDAY is one of those smart low-budget dramas which emerged in the early 70s--uusally starring non-stars or soon-to-be stars. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by John Nava