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The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)

Crusading minister gets involved in the lives of members of a New York City street gang.

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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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GP | See all certifications »

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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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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

Quotes

Israel: Hey! My name's in the Bible! Israel! Israel! Israel! Israel! I'm pratically on every page!
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Referenced in Clay Pigeon (1971) See more »

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Very good movie
23 January 2005 | by heavenzkiss777See all my reviews

OK, I agree, the movie does have some bad acting in it but until u meet the actual man the movie has a lot less meaning & does seem a bit laughable. I met Nicky Cruz not long ago & I believe meeting him & hearing the story from him made the movie a lot more meaningful & I really enjoy it. I suggest that if you get a chance meet the man. I believe his story can really change lives, something definitely changed in me when I met him. If you haven't seen it yet I suggest you do. If its your first time seeing it, keep in mind that it is a true story, maybe you will take it a bit more seriously. And just try to block out the bad acting in some points of the movie =)


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