Item #: 100383-02




Based on a best-selling autobiography by outspoken activist Sonny Carson (Mwalamu Imiri Abubadika), "The Education of Sonny Carson" is a thoughtful and sensitive film about the early life of a ghetto youngster who falls into a life of gangs and petty crime. Rap and hip hop artists, most notably Wu-Tang Clan and Lauren Hill, continue to refer to the movie in their works. Sonny Carson (Rony Clanton) struggles to survive in Brooklyn's toughest section. The film begins with Sonny garnering honors as the best student in his junior high school, then reveals his transformation into a gangster. Soon, he enters prison for robbing a delivery boy out of $25 to buy flowers for a friend killed in a gang war. After Sonny is released from prison, he returns home to find his best girl hooked on drugs. He realizes that his life won't change unless he rises above the violence, crime, and unrest of his urban environment.


  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies for Sonny Carson and Michael Campus
  • Commentary by Carson and Campus
  • Personal Photo Album
  • Click & See Pressbook
  • DVD-5, Dolby Digital Mono, Scene Selection, Macrovision, NTSC/Region 1
  • 104 minutes, Color, Rated R, 1974

"A howling brute of a film!" - Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times

"A rugged, uncompromising, yet thoughtful and sensitive film about the early life of a ghetto kid." - Art Murphy, Variety

Black Heritage:Sonny Carson

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Color, 104 minutes DVD 1974

Starring: Rony Clanton, Mary Alice, Jerry Bell, Paul Benjamin, Jesse Bolero, Ronnie Cole, Roger Davis, Eleanora Douglas, Todd Everett, Derrick Champ Ford, Chris Forster, Don Gordon, Ellerine Harding, Thomas Hicks, Roger Hill, Ram John Holder, Linda Hopkins, Steve James, Ray Rainbow Johnson, Denni

Director: Michael Campus

Vendor: VCI
Medium: Feature Film
Our Price: $14.99
Package: Printed Sleeve

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