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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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Jacqueline Giroux ...
Rosa (as Jackie Giroux)
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Little Bo
Dino DeFilippi ...
Israel
Don Blakely ...
Abdullah
Gil Frazier ...
Big Cat
Don Lamond ...
Sergeant Delano
Sam Capuano ...
Hector Gomez
Alex Colon ...
Mingo
Héctor Mercado ...
Moonlight (as Hector Mercado)
Stew Silver ...
Augie
Dorothy James ...
Graciela Gomez
David Connell ...
Pusher
Michelle Galjour ...
Angela
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David Wilkerson is a relatively young parish priest in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. With nominal funds, insufficient even to get a hotel room which forces him to sleep in his car, his church sends him to the slums of New York to bring the word of God to the young men and youth of the Egyptian Kings, who are on trial for their violent gang activities. David hopes God will be their salvation. Although David is not allowed to get near the Egyptian Kings, his trip to the courthouse does garner much publicity. Because of that publicity, David meets a tough street youth named Little Bo, who offers to introduce David to the main gangs still out on the streets, namely the mixed white Mau Maus, and the predominantly black Bishops, who are fighting each other for territory. Who the gangs hate more than each other however are the authorities. David turns his attentions to the two gangs, and wants them to know that God loves them no matter who they are or what they do, and in doing so will guide ... Written by Huggo

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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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Israel: He's just a nice guy with a lot of guts trying to help people!
Nicky Cruz: He wants to break up the gang! What the hell do you think he's in the neighborhood for?
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Uplifting and Inspiring!
20 September 2003 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Due to the fact this is a true story, these are real people, and this truly did happen, I believe it is a film every Christian needs to see. The acting was utterly heartfelt on the part of everyone, and is a storyline I will never be able to forget. David keeps on with the same message "Jesus loves you", even when he's threatened by thugs and hoodlums, it doesn't change his love for them and his desire to help them. There's no better love then what David Wilkerson shows for these young people, and he brings God's love right to their doorstep when no one else was willing to even try to breach the barrier. I know it may not be everyone's cup of tea, so if you don't like Christians movies, with a Christian message, and Christian actors, don't see it, but for those of you who desire to learn more about faith, the love of God, and where to turn to when things look blackest, then The Cross and the Switchblade is the movie for you.


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