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The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) Poster

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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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David Wilkerson: [Last Lines] You can take it from this skinny preacher from the hills of Pennsylvania; The cross is mightier than the switchblade.

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David Wilkerson: You wouldn't be afraid to shake hands with a skinny preacher, would you?

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Big Cat: Tell me, Preach. This God of yours, does he rumble?

David Wilkerson: Yeah... Yeah, he rumbles. He's fighting for you right now.

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Nicky Cruz: What's the matter with me? Why does he have to pick on me?

Israel: Because you're the worst. Craziest bastard there is. If he can reach you, he can reach anybody.

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Mr. Gomez: What miracle brings such a fine young man to our troubled streets?

David Wilkerson: Miracle? I was begining to think it was pure insanity. But you people... you make me believe it was something good.

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Lawyer: What makes you think they will let these kids go?

David Wilkerson: I've got a whole church back in Phillipsburg praying for them.

Lawyer: [everyone Laughs at David] Well, they'd better be praying, because the D.A. will burn those creeps.

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David Wilkerson: Jesus Christ was perfect and they crucified him!

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Big Cat: [First time seeing the Bishops] Tell the man we have arrived. We are the chosen people. We are the Bishops.

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Big Cat: Big Cat's the name and jitter-buggin's my game. Now let's get this thing together, ace. Time and place.

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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 dollars is my price.

Little Bo: [pulls David away to talk in privacy] Five dollars is this chick's top dollar. For that you get two joints of marijuana, her body AND two bits change.

David Wilkerson: Should I give her some money?

Little Bo: Two bucks top.

[David reaches for his wallet]

Little Bo: You better make it three, you don't wanna insult her pride...

[they walk back to Angela]

Little Bo: Cat could only swing two.

Little Bo: [hands Angela two dollars while she keeps one for herself]

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David Wilkerson: Some of you are so blind that you're heading for a ditch and you don't even know it.

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Israel: Hey! My name's in the Bible! Israel! Israel! Israel! Israel! I'm pratically on every page!

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Rosa: Hey Preach, this god of yours... What's he gonna do for me? I'm a mainliner. You know, the hot stuff. Heroin! A whole mountain of snow white. That's heaven. What have you got? huh?

David Wilkerson: I-I don't have any magic cure.

Rosa: Then what did you come here for?

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Israel: He's just a nice guy with a lot of guts trying to help people!

Nicky Cruz: He wants to break up the gang! What the hell do you think he's in the neighborhood for?

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Big Cat: When all your worst plans are made, you'd best sign up for Medicaid.

Israel: You'd better forget about Medicaid and start saving for your tomb!

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Pusher: Let your head drift off... drift off. Nothing to feel now but the cool, cool snow.

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Delano: You've been working with a bad bunch of apples, and you've got them smiling!

David Wilkerson: I don't see Nicky smiling.

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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'.

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Little Bo: [to David Wilkerson] You wanna meet the gang? I'll show you the gang. Let's get goin' and I'll take you to see some REAL boppers. But don't go laying none of that God stuff on 'em, though. 'Cause they'll cut you so full of holes that you can sprinkle the grass in Whatsamacallit, Pennsylvania, just by drinking a glass of water.

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Israel: My people want blood.

Big Cat: Well, then blood there'll be, baby.

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Rosa: I need a fix!

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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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Nicky Cruz: I'm gonna give my life to God, David. It better work, because I damn near got killed for it.

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Israel: He's just a nice guy with a lot of guts trying to help people!

Nicky Cruz: He wants to break up the gang!

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Pusher: And serve it with a smile.

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David Wilkerson: Bo, do you believe in God?

Little Bo: [laughs] I don't worry about him. I just worry about the pigs and hustlin' for bread.

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