The Education of Sonny Carson

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The Education of Sonny Carson (1974, USA) is a Blaxploitation film directed by Michael Campus.


Main Details

  • Released in 1974 | Color
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Production Co: Paramount Pictures
  • Distribution Co: Paramount Pictures
  • Directed by Michael Campus
  • Written by Sonny Carson, Fred Hudson
  • Starring: Rony Clanton, Don Gordon, Joyce Walker, Paul Benjamin, Thomas Hicks, Mary Alice, Ram John Holder, Jerry Bell, Ray Rainbow Johnson, Derrick Champ Ford, Roger Hill
  • Produced by David Golden, Irwin Yablans
  • Original Music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
  • Cinematography by Edward R. Brown
  • Film Editing by Moe Howard, Edward Warschilka


The Education of Sonny Carson is a 1974 film based on the best-selling autobiography of Sonny Carson. A young black teenager and three of his friends are in the process of breaking into a local market to steal food and money. Sonny is subdued by police and soon finds himself, at the age of thirteen, serving a "lenient" sentence of three months. While incarcerated, Sonny meets Willie, the leader of a local gang called "The Lords" and is initiated into the gang. Years later, an older Sonny, who is now heavily involved in gang activities, is part of the rivalry between The Lords and a fellow gang, "The Tomahawks", also known as the "Hawks".(Wikipedia)

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