The Education of Sonny Carson

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Overview

This powerful drama, based on the true-life story of African-American activist Mwalamu Imiri Abubadska (aka Sonny Carson), has been given a strong presentation for its release on DVD. The Education of Sonny Carson has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring director Michael Campus and Sonny Carson, ...
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Overview

This powerful drama, based on the true-life story of African-American activist Mwalamu Imiri Abubadska (aka Sonny Carson), has been given a strong presentation for its release on DVD. The Education of Sonny Carson has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring director Michael Campus and Sonny Carson, text biographies of them, a reproduction of the film's pressbook, a gallery of photos, and the original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Biographies of Sonny Carson and Michael Campus; Commentary by Carson and Campus; Personal photo album; Pressbook
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Michael Campus' The Education of Sonny Carson isn't as entertaining as the director's previous film, The Mack, but it has many of the same virtues. Just as Campus took to the streets of Oakland in 1972, with crimelord Frank Ward as his guide, to bring a compelling degree of authenticity to The Mack, the filmmaker used activist Sonny Carson's wealth of knowledge about street life and his access to the gangs of Brooklyn to ratchet up the level of verisimilitude in his grim biopic, The Education of Sonny Carson. The film is episodic, and has a raw, low-budget feel Campus tracks Carson (well-played by Rony Clanton) through his early criminal life. The film is virtually humorless, and the performances are uneven, with many Brooklyn gang members essentially playing fictionalized versions of themselves. Carson's rough experiences with petty crime, gang life, drugs, prison, and vicious cops may seem pro forma from a narrative standpoint, but the film treats them with such grit, and there's such a wealth of genuine anger and sadness underlying the film that it transcends these flaws. Clanton and Paul Benjamin, who plays Sonny's stern, hard-working father, do excellent work in delineating the characters' complex relationship. The film ends abruptly, just as Carson has the epiphany that leads him away from criminality and toward a life of organization and activism. It's almost as though the film's end point was dictated by budget limitations, as it closes just as Carson is beginning what should be one of the more interesting phases of his life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • UPC: 089859052927
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,836

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jess Bolero Cousin Red
Chris Forster Donovan
George Lee Miles Uncle Cal
Todd Everett Cop
Roger Hill Lil' John
Derrick Champ Ford Wolfe
Dennis Keir Western Union Boy
David Kernan Judge
Rony Clanton Sonny Carson
Joyce Walker Virginia
Paul Benjamin Pops
Thomas Hicks Young Sonny
Mary Alice Moms
Ram John Holder Preacher
Jerry Bell Lil' Boy
Ray Rainbow Johnson Benny
Roger Davis Willie
Linda Hopkins Lil' Boy's Mother
Mervyn Nelson Parole Board Chairman
Don Gordon Pigliani
B.T. Taylor Crazy
Clifton Steere Psychiatrist
Technical Credits
Michael I. Campus Director
G. Lee Bost Sound/Sound Designer
Edward R. Brown Cinematographer
Gene Coffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Drumheller Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Manny Gerard Art Director
David Golden Producer
Harry Howard Editor
Fred Hudson Screenwriter
Steve James Stunts
Gregory Lecakin Costumes/Costume Designer
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Score Composer
Edward Warschilka Editor
Irwin Yablans Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Let Freedom Ring..." [7:23]
2. Prison Day #1 [4:00]
3. The Guantlet [:57]
4. Virginia [7:30]
5. No, Like This! [8:07]
6. The Hawks [12:12]
7. Hawks Meet the Lords [9:04]
8. Who Killed Little Boy [14:14]
9. Chained [10:44]
10. The Yard [12:55]
11. Homecoming [14:49]
12. Resolve - End Credits [2:37]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Sonny Carson Bio
   Press Book Click & See
   Play Movie With Commentary
   Michael Campus Bio
   Theatrical Trailer
   Photo Album
   Chapter Menu
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    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a real noble man.

    well my life growing up it teaches me how to be powerful knowledgeable understanding towards others and my life like a black king in america going back to my real africa content. black power.

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