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The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)

GP | | Biography, Crime, Drama | June 1970 (USA)
Long before faith-based films became a regular feature of mainstream movie theaters, there was The Cross and The Switchblade. The story of Pastor David Wilkerson and gang member, Nicki Cruz.

Director:

Don Murray

Writers:

Don Murray (screenplay), James Bonnet (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Boone ... David Wilkerson
Erik Estrada ... Nicky Cruz
Jacqueline Giroux ... Rosa (as Jackie Giroux)
Jo-Ann Robinson Jo-Ann Robinson ... Little Bo
Dino DeFilippi Dino DeFilippi ... Israel
Don Blakely ... Abdullah
Gil Frazier Gil Frazier ... Big Cat
Don Lamond Don Lamond ... Sergeant Delano
Sam Capuano Sam Capuano ... Hector Gomez
Alex Colon ... Mingo
Hechter Ubarry Hechter Ubarry ... Moonlight (as Hector Mercado)
Stew Silver Stew Silver ... Augie
Dorothy James Dorothy James ... Graciela Gomez
David Connell David Connell ... Pusher
Michelle Galjour Michelle Galjour ... Angela
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Storyline

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 New York City 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 them to ... Written by Huggo

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A Gang War Explodes Across the Screen See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

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GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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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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Version of Run Baby Run (1998) See more »

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Gang fights in New York.... Watch out for Pat Boone
14 April 2005 | by mooby1967See 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La cruz y el puñal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Gross USA:

$414,754
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 widescreen
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