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The Education of Sonny Carson (1974)

R  |   |  Drama  |  17 July 1974 (USA)
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A gifted young man is caught up in gang life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rony Clanton ...
Sonny Carson
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Pigliani
Joyce Walker ...
Virginia
Paul Benjamin ...
Pops
Thomas Hicks ...
Young Sonny
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Moms
Ram John Holder ...
Preacher
Jerry Bell ...
Lil Boy
Ray Rainbow Johnson ...
Benny
Derrick Champ Ford ...
Wolfe
Roger Hill ...
Lil John
Chris Forster ...
Donovan
George Miles ...
Uncle Cal
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Crazy
Roger D.A. Davis ...
Willie
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A gifted young man is caught up in gang life.

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You learn a lot in the streets.

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17 July 1974 (USA)  »

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A Educação de Sonny Carson  »

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Wolfe: He *gots* to die. He got - I got to take him off of here. That's right. I *gotta* take him off of here. Because there's only one, and that's me, you understand? For all of that fightin', you understand? The sucker think he good. The sucker think he can whoop me. And I knew he can't whoop me, huh? Hey, boy, the nigger whole style is chump, you understand? When it comes to me, you understand? Just let me get mines first. Then after I get mines, y'all can do what y'all wanna do.
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Hard-hitting drama
12 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

The Education of Sonny Carson is a forgotten 70s film that foregoes the visceral thrill present in so-called 'blaxploitation' films in favour of a more realistic approach to a similar tale of crime and redemption. The film bears some similarities to the verite approach of Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song but is infinitely superior to that movie in the storytelling department. Based on Carson's autobiography, the title character (played with absolute conviction by Rony Clanton) is a bright young man who gets sucked into gang turf warfare that ends with him doing time in the slammer. There are good supporting performances by B.T. Taylor as fellow Lord, Crazy, and Joyce Walker as Sonny's girlfriend Virginia, whose addiction to heroin ultimately turns Carson's life around. The location footage in Bedford-Stuyvesant is excellent, and the battle between the Lords and the Hawks anticipates similar scenes in The Warriors and the Wanderers (both 1979).


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