The Education of Sonny Carson (1974)





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Based on the autobiography of Sonny Carson, this grim drama presents a wrenchingly realistic view of life in a Brooklyn ghetto. After several years of gang and drug activities, Carson is sobered by his horrendous experiences in prison. He puts his priorities in order and mends his ways.
Classics , Drama
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Paramount Pictures


Rony Clanton
as Sonny Carson
Don Gordon
as Pigliani
Joyce Walker
as Virginia
Thomas Hicks
as Young Sonny
Mary Alice
as Moms
Ram John Holder
as Preacher
Jerry Bell
as Lil' Boy
Roger Hill
as Lil' John
Chris Forster
as Donovan
George Lee Miles
as Uncle Cal
Jess Bolero
as Cousin Red
B.T. Taylor
as Crazy
Roger Davis
as Willie
Eleanora Douglas
as Sally Jean
Clifton Steere
as Psychiatrist
Dennis Keir
as Western Union Boy
Linda Hopkins
as Lil' Boy's Mother
Mervyn Nelson
as Parole Board Chairman
as Funeral Singer
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Critic Reviews for The Education of Sonny Carson

All Critics (2)

There's such a wealth of genuine anger and sadness underlying the film that it transcends [its] flaws.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
All Movie Guide

The film leaves its heart out there for all to see.

Full Review… | February 18, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Education of Sonny Carson

It's been a long time since I've seen it but I do remember liking it a great deal when I was much younger. I do need to see it again to see how it hits me now.

Magic M
Magic M

Somebody stole this movie from me! I haven;t found another one since! This movie is good and brings back the memories of when jive was in! :)

red injion
red injion

This movie is Ghetto Classic ! It could have been a four star but it drags on a bit and picks up again. Very raw for its time. The movie shows children cursing like sailors and depicts gang life in a raw tone. I liked this movie a lot but thought it could have been better.

Brian Burns
Brian Burns

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