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Payday Starring Rip Torn...It's is Almost Totally Nuts!

Posted by Miss Ess, August 7, 2008 01:34pm | Post a Comment
Last night I watched the 1973 movie Payday starring Rip Torn, which was released on DVD early this year.

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The original 70s movie poster

It's about an aging country singer songwriter named Maury Dann who is on the road, working his way through gigs, women, alcohol and more during the day and a half of time the viewer spends with him.
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It's a fully certifiable "Man Movie"-- that is, women are objects, hysterical and insecure, while the men grapple with their own manliness and keeping up appearances of masculinity. There's a lot of beer and belt buckles in this movie, is what I'm saying. There's gambling, hunting and fist fights and even a stabbing and a car accident! So much action, so much manliness on the line. 

The movie is interesting because Maury is so completely flawed and dynamic. He is more than slightly off the rails and no one has ever really been able to rein him in. We see him using anrip tornd abusing overeager women and handing his mother a pile of pills to keep her quiet, yet we also see him gently pressing his face against his beloved spaniel when he realizes he can no longer keep him. It is clear that he thinks of himself as a great singer songwriter, but the film shows that the gigs are no longer as big as they used to be and that he has not had a radio hit in a while, if ever. Maury's life seems to have moved for years, decades maybe, at a non-stop pace-- from gig to car to hotel to radio station to restaurant and on and on and from whiskey to women to pills to weed and on and on and on. While he is busy puffing himself up, he actually appears more and more degraded.

I thought the movie was creative but a little too meandering for me. I was depressed by all the portrayals of women. My favorite part of the movie was that Maury's spaniel is named Snapper. My boyfriend, however, thought it was a fantastic movie overall, and has already been recommending it to all his friends. Like I said, it's a certifiable Man Movie.

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