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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)
Jo-Ann Robinson ...
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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It's a TRUE story
4 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I find it hilarious how other people are commenting that the film is unrealistic. Try reading the book, guys! This film is based on a true story, and although minor parts have been changed, the story about David and Nicky is true.

Also, another IMDb user wrote in their comment that David refuses to take a severely stabbed Nicky to hospital unless he accept Christ. Maybe this person hasn't seen the film, or their hate of Christianity was deluding them, but this does not happen in the film.

This film's a picture of what a messed up life on drugs is truly like, and the solution is Christ. Take it or leave it, but bagging a film just because it's Christian is just immature.


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