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The Education of Sonny Carson [Import]

3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rony Clanton, Don Gordon, Joyce Walker, Paul Benjamin, Thomas Hicks
  • Directors: Michael Campus
  • Writers: Fred Hudson, Sonny Carson
  • Producers: David Golden, Irwin Yablans
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • Release Date: Aug. 27 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000068TP8
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Format: VHS Tape
This movie is the forerunner of the real "street life" movies. When West Side Story did its run there weren't any movies (to my knowledge) that portrayed street life until the Education of Sonny Carson. After Sonny Carson, you had films like the Lords of Flatbush, the Wonderers and the Warriors, Boys in the Hood and then blah, blah, blah. No dis to those films, they were good also but this is "the seed" of real street life as shown on film. It is a "street life" classic. It was filmed right here in Brooklyn using real gang members from the 70s, reenacting what life was on the streets in the 60s. This movie has some rough spots, so get your nerves up: like the killing of little boy and Sonny being beaten up by the cops. The jail scene wasn't pretty either (pre Oz kinda stuff). It is so intense at times that its a "see once in a while" movie for me. I simply got it the first time I saw it as a kid. Because I was in Brooklyn as a youth during the filming of the movie and watched the real gangs of the time (Jollystompers and Tomahawks) march through Crown Heights on they're way to Prospect Park to shoot the rumble scene ... so it has a special place with me.
If your one of those special effects with lots of blood without a plot kind of movie watcher then your simply not in the real world (or from it) and the movie may go over your head. But if your from the streets or have an interest in its history and culture then check out this film. And if your into Hip Hop Culture then its also a must see. Although the movie doesn't show you what Sonny does after his release from the beast (prison) it does show you what he encountered upon his return to the streets. That was a cool tactic ... why? Sonny Carson is a real person and anything you what to know about him is in the open. So the struggle continues.
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By A Customer on Dec 29 2003
Format: DVD
This movie gives a realistic and interesting portrayal of gang life. I enjoyed it but some parts were difficult to watch. The funeral scene was absolutely unbearable. It was grueling and disheartening. Although this is an accurate depiction of a gang funeral, the preacher was completely out of control! How many times was the line "Who killed Little Boy???" actually in the script? 100? Horrific! Each time I watch this movie I mute out this scene. Watching the police officers beat Sonny is also unbearable. Both scenes are an integral part of the movie but wayyyy too long!
On the other hand, I enjoyed watching the group of friends discuss their dreams of life beyond the ghetto. The parade was a scene that embraced the culturalism of the city and other recreational options for the youth it had to offer. Although the ending was sad, it is tremendously realistic and shows the struggles that are ever present in the rise from poverty and oppression.
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Format: DVD
I must admit that I was disappointed with this film. It suffers from some common mistakes made in many blaxploitation films of this time. I feel that given the man's life, the same budget and actors, I could come up with a better film. Why...?
I never saw this movie before I purchased it. I was expecting something like Cooley High. I did not, and still, do not know much about Sonny Carson. The film ends right at the turning point of his life!
If you sat down in the theater in 1973/4 and watched this film, knowing nothing about him, after the film you would have walked out wondering why they made this film at all.
He gets out of prison and finds that all of his friends have either been killed, succumbed to drug addiction, or are incarcerated. The movie ends here.
We see nothing of the positive changes that he made. We don't know why he joined a gain in the first place. What motivated him? His parents seemed loving and he supposedly got good grades in school. It didn't appear that everyone in his school was in a gang either. Another enigma is his girlfriend, who appears to be clean-cut when we first meet her. When he gets out of jail, she's strung out on heroine. How did this happen? No explanations given in this film.
Instead the movie wastes valuable time showing long scenes of people dancing and other scenes of people singing gospel. This appears often in blaxploitation films... why? I don't like watching people dance and sing, it wastes time, and hurts the flow of the movie. If there was some purpose for the gospel singing i.e. Sonny had an apparent interest in church, that would be ok... but he didn't. And have you ever seen a parade where they allow street gangs to march in them?!?!?! Well you'll see it here!
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