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The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)

GP  -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  June 1970 (USA)
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Crusading minister gets involved in the lives of members of a New York street gang.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jacqueline Giroux ...
Rosa (as Jackie Giroux)
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Little Bo
Dino DeFilippi ...
Israel
Don Blakely ...
Gil Frazier ...
Big Cat
Don Lamond ...
Sergeant Delano
Sam Capuano ...
Mr. Gomez
Alex Colon ...
Mingo
Héctor Mercado ...
Moonlight (as Hector Mercado)
Stew Silver ...
Augie
Dorothy James ...
Mrs. Gomez
David Connell ...
Pusher
Michelle Galjour ...
Angela
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Crusading minister gets involved in the lives of members of a New York street gang.

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According to an Erik Estrada biography published in 2004, the film is shown in roughly 500 youth centers every week. See more »

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The story takes place in the early-'50s, yet in one scene Big Cat references Medicaid, which wasn't established until 1965. See more »

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Nicky Cruz: What's the matter with me? Why does he have to pick on me?
Israel: Because you're the worst. Craziest bastard there is. If he can reach you, he can reach anybody.
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Gang fights in New York.... Watch out for Pat Boone
14 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What you may Learn from watching this film!!!

1. Cops should never try to stop gang fights. They just become new props for the taking.

2. Nice girls like to get high too...

3. To get info from a street kid in the South Bronx.. All you need are a pair of patent leathers.

4. If your name is Israel.. The Bible talks a lot about you..

5. Never expect someone to be happy to see you at 2am.

6. Never use the toilets at a drug dealer's home. You may poop on his stash.

7. Gangs always set the ground rules when they rumble. "No zips.. I had a hell of a time removing that bullet last week."

8. If you want to get a gang bangers attention during a revival meeting. Always have some hot chick sing "Bringing in the Sheaves"

9. It's nice to see that Pat Boone can do something else besides singing Tiny Bubbles.

********** Personal Commentary ***************

This film was great when I was a kid. It made me want to get right with God. As I got older. I realized how funny this film could be.. Eric Estrada as Nicky Cruz was entertaining. He is so cheesy an actor and combines him with Pat Boone.. Oh man.. But I have to say.. seriously.. The story is good & needs to be told..

In closing.. All I can say is... "Where's Jon, Ponch!" I give this film..... 6 moooos....

That's my story & I'm sticking to it...

Mooby "For GODs sake, let the Moobster dance!" quote: N. Fisher


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