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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 City street gang.

Director:

Don Murray

Writers:

Don Murray (screenplay), James Bonnet (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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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They hated the preacher for what he said, but they couldn't erase his words. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

According to an Erik Estrada biography published in 2004, the film is shown in roughly 500 youth centers every week. 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

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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It's a TRUE story
4 February 2005 | by sauron256See all my reviews

I find it hilarious how other people are commenting that the film is unrealistic. Try reading the book, guys! This film is based on a true story, and although minor parts have been changed, the story about David and Nicky is true.

Also, another IMDb user wrote in their comment that David refuses to take a severely stabbed Nicky to hospital unless he accept Christ. Maybe this person hasn't seen the film, or their hate of Christianity was deluding them, but this does not happen in the film.

This film's a picture of what a messed up life on drugs is truly like, and the solution is Christ. Take it or leave it, but bagging a film just because it's Christian is just immature.


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