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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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Rosa (as Jackie Giroux)
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Little Bo
Dino DeFilippi ...
Israel
Don Blakely ...
Abdullah
Gil Frazier ...
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Héctor Mercado ...
Moonlight (as Hector Mercado)
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Dorothy James ...
Graciela Gomez
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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 "Run Baby Run", the autobiography of Nicky Cruz, the Mau Mau gang actually wore black leather jackets with crimson double M's on the back instead of red jackets with white double M's, as depicted in the film. See more »

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27 October 2002 | by (Estado de Mexico,Mexico) – See all my reviews

I am Mexican and the first time that I saw this movie was when I was 14. Now, I am nearly 21 and I have just watch it and I founded really interesting because it left me the idea that everything can change if you allow Him. Thanks.. In Mexico Erick Estrada is a star, everybody knows him. I really like the acting in this film. In Mexico you can watch this movie only in video.


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