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18 January 1980 (East Germany) See more »
Sunny is the singer of band trying to establish itself in the music-scene of East-Berlin. They play regular gigs in small towns... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Sunny is a singer in a band who wants to have a solo career and looking for love. See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)
Renate Krößner ... Sunny
Alexander Lang ... Ralph
Dieter Montag ... Harry
Heide Kipp ... Christine
Klaus Brasch ... Norbert
Hansjürgen Hürrig ... Hubert
Harald Warmbrunn ... Benno
Olaf Mierau ... Udo
Ursula Braun ... Frau Pfeiffer
Regine Doreen ... Monika
Klaus Händel ... Bernd
Rolf Pfannenstein ... Ernesto
Bernd Stegemann ... Detlev
Fred Düren ... Doktor
Ulrich Anschütz ... Grafiker
Michael Christian ... Mann
Thomas Neumann ... Volkspolizist
Johanna Schall ... Neue
Lothar Warneke ... Zapfer
Uwe Zerbe ... Meister

Directed by
Konrad Wolf 
Wolfgang Kohlhaase (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wolfgang Kohlhaase 
Dieter Wolf  dramatisation

Original Music by
Günther Fischer 
Cinematography by
Eberhard Geick 
Film Editing by
Evelyn Carow 
Production Design by
Alfred Hirschmeier 
Costume Design by
Rita Bieler 
Makeup Department
Christa Eifler .... makeup artist
Irmela Holzapfel .... makeup artist
Jürgen Holzapfel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Herbert Ehler .... production leader
Harald Jahn .... assistant production manager
Werner Teichmann .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doris Borkmann .... assistant director
Art Department
Lothar Kuhn .... set builder
Kurt Pentzien .... property master
Gisela Schulze .... set dresser
Dietrich Tillak .... set designer (as Dieter Tillack)
Sound Department
Konrad Walle .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Eckhardt Hartkopf .... assistant camera
Jürgen Jankowski .... gaffer
Dieter Lück .... still photographer
Other crew
Jutta Voigt .... consultant

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Germany:100 min
Color (Orwocolor)
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While director Konrad Wolf was very fond of Wolfgang Kohlhaase's script, he had trouble with its subject matter and believed it just wasn't his kind of story. However, he reportedly changed his mind during a car ride from the film studios in Babelsberg to Berlin, stating that he had figured out what he would like to achieve with this film.See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sunny is a singer in a band who wants to have a solo career and looking for love., 29 September 2005
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The female character was said to be not a representation of the women on the GDR at that time. She was considered to be aggressive and unfeminine due to her behavior. In this film, the female heroine was shown in a different light. This was one of the DEFA films that pictured women in as independent individuals who were for social change. The character of Sunny was not like other female characters that were usually portrayed at their workplaces, as average individuals.

Sunny's character was not a conformist to the standards set by the society. She was aiming for change; she was striving for self-fulfillment. This was depicted through her dream of becoming a solo performer. She wanted to be recognized and have a place in society.

Her character was shown as a strong one because she fights against the cruelty of men to her. But then signs of weaknesses were also shown during her suicide attempt.

It helped that the film was in color because it matches Sunny's character, very vibrant. Add to that the lively music background. Since Suny is a singer, and a performer, these elements have helped a lot in the development of the film.

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