MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,048 this week

The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)

GP  -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  June 1970 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 681 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 11 critic

Crusading minister gets involved in the lives of members of a New York street gang.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10 titles
created 21 May 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 27 Aug 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 144 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)

The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Cross and the Switchblade.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Run Baby Run (Video 1998)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The explosive, inspiring and true story of a savage street fighter who turned his life around fallowing a conversion to Christianity. He felt God's call, and acted upon it, to take the ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Cooke
Stars: Nicky Cruz
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life.

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Johanna Klante, Robert Joy
Cider with Rosie (TV Movie 1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Claude Whatham
Stars: Rosemary Leach, Stephen Grendon, Philip Hawkes
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during the Second World War.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden
Jucy (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jackie and Lucy - together nicknamed 'Jucy' - are 20 something best friends who do everything together. Their days are spent working at a local alternative video store serving a variety of ... See full summary »

Director: Louise Alston
Stars: Orson Welles, Ryan Johnson, Andrew Ryan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Oliver Knott
Stars: Corinne Adrienne, Zahim Albakri, Elaine Daly
Flywheel (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A dishonest used car salesman decides to become the salesman that God wants him to be - with surprising results.

Director: Alex Kendrick
Stars: Rosetta Harris Armstrong, Lisa Arnold, Blake Bailey
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two people come to the end of a spear in order to realize that the divisions between them are not real.

Director: Jim Hanon
Stars: Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen, Jack Guzman
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In an English village, three youths see the spirit of a child who died in a 17th-century plague epidemic. They decide to learn about the town's history to find out how they can help set the child's ghost free.

Director: John Krish
Stars: Gary Halliday, Michael Flowers, Emma Ingham
Crack-Up (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Michael Findlay
Stars: Harry Reems
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In East Germany, a double agent falls for a beautiful young escapee from Hungary.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Peter van Eyck, Marianne Koch, Macdonald Carey
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Third and best known entry in the Mark IV series of fundamentalist apocalypse films. Fundamentalist Christian guerrilla David helps condemned dissidents escape, attempts to subvert the ... See full summary »

Director: Donald W. Thompson
Stars: William Wellman Jr., Susan Plumb, Patty Dunning
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jacqueline Giroux ...
Rosa (as Jackie Giroux)
...
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
Edit

Storyline

Crusading minister gets involved in the lives of members of a New York street gang.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Now an explosive motion picture!

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La cruz y el puñal  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Little Bo: This turf belongs to the AAAGP. They don't rumble anyhow, they just freak out.
David Wilkerson: What's the AAAGP?
Little Bo: That's the 'American Association for the Advancement of Gangs and Pot'.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Outstanding movie that is a portrayal of a true story!
4 June 2004 | by (Hartford, Connecticut USA) – See all my reviews

One of the criteria by which I measure the quality of a movie is the ability for me to watch it again and again without the "you've seen it once, you've seen it" attitude. This is just such a movie... I can watch it and then a year later see it again and enjoy it just as much. This is an entertaining film that if it were not a true story, would seem contrived, but the fact that it is a true story only adds to the appeal of this film. Perhaps the only negative one might have to about this movie is the very dated style and soundtrack. Personally, I enjoy the "datedness" of this movie... kind of like aged fine wine, it just makes it better! If you see the movie then be sure to read the book "The cross and the switchblade" and to also read the book by Nicky Cruz called "Run baby run". Both can be found on Amazon.com and are even better than the movie.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where is Nicky Cruz now? Jinx-to-Ennien
Run Baby Run movie left out of imdb database reiki_only
David Wilkerson killed in car wreck lrc-7
Very powerful DaveBlanchard59
A strange thing... rickyp-3
Discuss The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?