Film Comment - 01/01/2008
"Torn was born to play this part....One of the great ragged road movies of the Seventies..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/25/2008
"[A] corrosive, uproarious 1973 film....PAYDAY both loves its subject and never lets its antihero off the hook." -- Grade: A
New York Times - 01/15/2008
"[I]t does feature a definitive wild-man performance from the young Mr. Torn..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2008
"[A]n obscure item that must be one of the most merciless showbiz portraits on celluloid..."
Rip Torn stars as Maury Dann, a mid-level country singer on a tour through the south. The road is Maury's playground, and he liberally indulges in drugs, alcohol, and sexual relations with the willing women he finds along the way. But when the angry boyfriend of a woman with whom he's had a liason with spots Maury in a restaurant, suddenly he has a bigger problem than just making sure that he gets paid. Torn turns in a strong performance as the unscrupulous performer and does a fine job singing the Shel Silverstein-penned country tunes. PAYDAY stands as a lost gem of early 1970's American cinema.
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