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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)
Jo-Ann Robinson ...
Little Bo
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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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: You come near me and I'll kill you!
David Wilkerson: Yeah, you could do that. You could cut me up into a thousand pieces and lay them in the street, and every piece will still love you.
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Very spiritual.
30 November 1998 | by (New Port Richey, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is very spiritual and moving. For a low budget movie this comes across as very professional and mostly well acted. It goes on to show that belief in Jesus takes more guts than having cowardly self interest and hate in us. Great to see a movie that is not only a real positive message, but a fact, as I have met the real Nicky Cruise and know it is true.


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