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The Cross(The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story) (2009)



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A former Sunset Strip street preacher and "Jesus coffee house" proprietor recalls his spiritual journey carrying an enormous cross around the globe. The time was the late '60s, the streets of Hollywood were filled with radicals, and Arthur Blessitt was determined to wake them up. In order to accomplish this, he opened a Christian coffee house and placed a rather large cross on the wall. Over the course of the next few months, Blessitt regularly carried the cross with him when he would head out to preach on the streets, never once realizing this was only the beginning of the 40-year journey that would come to define his life. Then, on Christmas Day, 1969, it happened: Jesus called on Blessitt to begin walking across America with the cross in tow. Four decades later, Blessitt had wandered 315 nations, including war-ravaged Northern Ireland and even North Korea. During that time he was arrested 24 times, and even taken before a firing squad for execution. In 2008, having walked an incredible 38,102 miles, Blessitt finally completed his mission. The Cross isn't about one man's journey to convert the world to Christianity, but the way that Blessitt was able to endure sometimes impossible conditions to deliver hope to the destitute, and inspire others to discover God's destiny for their own lives.more
Rating: PG (for thematic material, some violent images, and mild language including drug references)
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Stephan Blinn
In Theaters:
Box Office: $0.6M
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Critic Reviews for The Cross(The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

This wannabe-inspirational docu shares its hero's devotion to preaching the gospel. But the film's emotional manipulations come at the expense of a more complex, illuminating look at the man himself.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Top Critic

The gee-whiz rhetoric and breathless amateurism of The Cross is not likely to inspire.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The documentary The Cross is not going to displace The Ten Commandments as the official movie of the Easter season.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

What inspired his faith in the first place? Does he have family? How did his constant wandering affect them?

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

In telling the story of globe-trotting evangelist Arthur Blessitt, director Matthew Crouch allows Christian priorities to gloss over details that a more objective filmmaker would consider essential.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The Cross opts to be a wan inspirational film that rams its Christian message down your throat -- which is, ironically, the exact opposite of Blessitt's soft sell.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Cross(The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story)

I loved this movie! I loved the editing, and to me, it revealed what I wanted to know. That this man has been transformed by his experience for real. For the budget, I was amazed and would and will gladly go pay to see it again. I have recommended it to everyone I know. It didn't tell as much about the man, because the message of the cross is laying down your life so God can work in and through you to love others. To me, those who were looking for more of Blessitt, didn't realize that if it were all about Blessitt, there would be no story or movie to make. It would be a man on his own mission.
=) Well done!

My husband was talking about this film and interested in the details before it ever came out, just hearing about what this man has been through. We have not stopped talking about it yet. I have never been impacted by a movie like this, other than when Fireproof came out.

Bonkers T.
Bonkers TBird

You will never, never, never forget this movie or this man. Be Amazed by a Compelling story of the power of love.Pressing on against all odds,to fulfill a destiny and witness the delivering hand of God intervene time and time again. "Only a fool says there is no God." Witness a man of pure love and unwaviering faith, that has stood the tests of his time, who has finished his course with joy.
Don't listen to the soul dead critics of the national news media, they
wouldn't recognize truth and virtue, under any circumstances.

zoe h.
zoe h

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=indigo][b]A truly beautiful movie that portrays an honest account of what Christianity is all about. Not quite sure what movie Nathan, Kyle, Cary and Tim were reviewing ? guys, possibly it would be wise to actually see a movie before commenting?[/b][/color][/size][/font]

Cat D.
Cat D

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