Payday

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Director:
Daryl Duke
Released:
1973
Rating:
R

Maury Dunn (Rip Torn), a rising star on the country music circuit, finds out that the road to success is a long and hard one--especially when his self-destructive behavior begins to destroy everything in his life.

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  • A better title might be "The Final Payday"

    4.0
    Typically nihilistic, as many films of the early '70s were, and it's almost too easy to see the demise of the main character coming at the end. It's as if the directors of films like this realize that their movies are running a bit long, and they hastily insert the already-filmed death-of-the-protagonist scenes at a random point of the screenplays to get the end credits rolling. The big problem here is that we've just spent over 90 minutes watching multiple plot threads open up-then the main character dies, nothing is resolved, and I feel like I've wasted 100 minutes of my life.

    We've seen the basis of this movie many times; here, the main character is an up-and-rising Country music star (although it could easily have been a baseball player, a metal-head, an actor, an artist, etc, without changing the story much at all) and, of course, he's on a self-destructive course that can only end badly. Rip Torn's character is so unlikeable that we probably should cheer when he dies a pointless death, but I doubt that was the intent of the filmmakers. Torn is excellent as the too-long-on-the-road prima donna, and the film itself is well-made, especially the cinematography. But there aren't many other reasons to watch this film and, ultimately, it's a big waste of time.moreless

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