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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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David Wilkerson
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Nicky Cruz
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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La cruz y el puñal  »

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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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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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David Wilkerson: Rosa, if you really want Nicky, you're gonna have to get yourself clean.
Rosa: I want ten bucks! And you're gonna give it to me or I'll cut you!
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More than a Spiritual Movie
6 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was 13 years old, while first released at the theaters. It has stayed with me ever since. I am not a religious person, and the heart of this movie is not in my memory for spiritual reasons. It is the true story of the heartbreaking struggles of a few, then dozens, then hundreds of streetkids. It is the true story of the bitter-sweet survival, recovery, success of one after another. And the utter sadness in the loss and waste of those lost to drugs, crime, and/or prison. What moved me wasn't as much the tenacity and courage of the preacher who gave up his comforts to live and work among those of the street, which was enormous, but the fact that these kids were found, or found someone, to pull them out, to fight for them until they finally became capable of fighting for themselves. There is both humor and drama in this story of kids who learned through the efforts of one single man, constantly, unrelentlessly, with creativity and iron testicles, that they can overcome.


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