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The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)

GP | | Biography, Crime, Drama | June 1970 (USA)
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 (as Jo-Ann Robinson)
Dino DeFilippi ...
Israel
Don Blakely ...
Abdullah
Gil Frazier ...
Big Cat
Don Lamond ...
Sergeant Delano
Sam Capuano ...
Hector Gomez
Alex Colon ...
Mingo
Hechter Ubarry ...
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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Although the real life events that inspired the film happened in the 1950's, the movie seems to take place in the late 1960's. 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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Little Bo: Hey, he wants to meet the gang. Why don't you take him inside?
Angela: I can't. Mau-Maus are waiting for a war council with the Bishops. My brother's inside.
David Wilkerson: It's all right, Bo. We'll go in.
Little Bo: Now wait a minute, I don't know. Like I said, I'm a loner. I swing from one gang to another, they might not like it.
Angela: You're just afraid they might cut you.
Little Bo: Oh go on, take him in!
Angela: Anh-anh. I ain't gonna get bawled out... unless you give me five dollars.
Little Bo: C'mon, you can turn him loose once he's inside the door.
Angela: Five ...
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Gang fights in New York.... Watch out for Pat Boone
14 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What you may Learn from watching this film!!!

1. Cops should never try to stop gang fights. They just become new props for the taking.

2. Nice girls like to get high too...

3. To get info from a street kid in the South Bronx.. All you need are a pair of patent leathers.

4. If your name is Israel.. The Bible talks a lot about you..

5. Never expect someone to be happy to see you at 2am.

6. Never use the toilets at a drug dealer's home. You may poop on his stash.

7. Gangs always set the ground rules when they rumble. "No zips.. I had a hell of a time removing that bullet last week."

8. If you want to get a gang bangers attention during a revival meeting. Always have some hot chick sing "Bringing in the Sheaves"

9. It's nice to see that Pat Boone can do something else besides singing Tiny Bubbles.

********** Personal Commentary ***************

This film was great when I was a kid. It made me want to get right with God. As I got older. I realized how funny this film could be.. Eric Estrada as Nicky Cruz was entertaining. He is so cheesy an actor and combines him with Pat Boone.. Oh man.. But I have to say.. seriously.. The story is good & needs to be told..

In closing.. All I can say is... "Where's Jon, Ponch!" I give this film..... 6 moooos....

That's my story & I'm sticking to it...

Mooby "For GODs sake, let the Moobster dance!" quote: N. Fisher


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