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Sunnyside (1979)

Nick Martin, a young street tough, has a change of heart and attempts to stop the gang violence in his neighborhood.


Timothy Galfas


Jeff King (story), Robert Schaffel (story) (as Robert L. Schaffel) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Travolta Joey Travolta ... Nick Martin
John Lansing John Lansing ... Denny Martin
Stacey Pickren Stacey Pickren ... Donna Rosario
Andrew Rubin ... Eddie Reaper
Michael Tucci ... Harry Cimoli
Talia Balsam ... Ann Rosario
Chris Mulkey ... Reggie Flynn
Joan Darling ... Mrs. Martin
Richard Beauchamp Richard Beauchamp ... Hector
Heshimu Cumbuka Heshimu Cumbuka ... Ice
Jon Gries ... Wild Child (as Jonathan Gries)
E. Lamont Johnson E. Lamont Johnson ... Rage
Peter Kwong ... Alvin
Eric Laneuville ... Gearbox
Randy Martin ... Randy


Nick Martin, a young street tough, has a change of heart and attempts to stop the gang violence in his neighborhood.

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gang | independent film | See All (2) »


New York City 1979. Every Jungle Needs A King.


Action | Drama


R | See all certifications »






Release Date:

7 February 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandekamp See more »

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Did You Know?


I Gotta Have Your Body
Words and Music by Michael Leslie
Lead Vocal by Luther Vandross
Arranged and Produced by Alan Douglas and Harold Wheeler
Performed by New York City Band
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John Travolta's Brother in "The Warriors"???
16 June 2002 | by GoodmovieloverSee all my reviews

Joey Travolta stars in this gang film about a gang member who wants more out of his life and tries to break away from the gang life that he grew up in. Travolta does a good job in the lead role, and the film does have an interesting story but the direction by Timothy Galfas is lackluster. The film is quite dated as well, it is very much a product of the 70's-it would be interesting to see a remastered print of the film. It is a is a shame that Joey did not get another chance to show his on screen charisma. After this film flopped, his career as an actor and singer went nowhere (he was quite a good singer too). After several unsuccessful supporting roles, he went on to directing, and is now directing mainly straight to video efforts and is also a teacher of film for filmmakers with special needs. As an actor/singer, he never could come out from his brother's shadow, and this film did not really showcase him and give him his best chance to shine. Joey Travolta turns in a nice performance here, there are some great shots of Long island, and Staten Island the way they looked back in 79', but overall-the film is merely okay. good.

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