Forty year old movie. Saw it for the first time a week ago. It’s as good as people have said:
Written and co-produced by Don Carpenter, in his early 40s, who went on to little else in the movies, despite being nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen. Directed by Daryl Duke, who went on to twenty years of primarily television production.
True gem worth finding
13 May 1999 | by devalier
This is another one of those brilliant character studies that proliferated film screens in the early 1970’s. Rip Torn gives a superb performance as Maury Dann, a mercurial, drunken country/western singer whose life ultimately careens out-of-control during a road tour. Payday is probably the most accurate filmed depiction of a musician’s life on the road that you’ll ever see: endless drug abuse, random sex, sudden violence. It’s all here in one well-written, astutely directed package. Sadly, Payday is seldom seen in revival houses or on television. This is a true gem worth finding.
Postscript, January 4, 2013: So much ignorance on my part. Don Carpenter, both before and after his script for Payday, was a novelist and short story writer. He was also the best friend of novelist and poet Richard Brautigan, who committed suicide in 1984. In 1995, suffering from the effects of diabetes and glaucoma, among other ailments, Carpenter followed suit, at the age of 64.