The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)





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Based on a true story, David Wilkerson (Pat Boone) is the small-town preacher who gets caught in the shadows of a crime-ridden neighborhood in New York City. He encounters a gang led by Nicky Cruz (Erik Estrada), and David brings a message of hope to the angry youths. Guided by the street-wise Little Bo (Jo-Ann Robinson), David quickly learns about the neighborhood and how to approach the cynical juveniles. This moralistic family film attempts to give hope to those who walk in the shadows of darkness. Despite the preachy nature of the plot, it is a well-done film and Pat Boone's character relates well to the targeted white, middle-class audience. Nicky Cruz would go on to become an ordained minister, preaching the gospel due to the initial efforts of David Wilkerson.

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Pat Boone
as David Wilkerson
Erik Estrada
as Nicky Cruz
Jo Ann Robinson
as Little Bo
Don Blakely
as Abdullah
Gil Frazier
as Big Cat
Don Lamond
as Sgt. Delano
Sam Capuano
as Mr. Gomez
Hector Mercado
as Moonlight
Dorothy James
as Mrs. Gomez
Darryl Speer
as Bottlecap
Jay Devlin
as District Attorney
Paul Haney
as Lawyer
Darrel Adleman
as Pawnbroker
Stanley Finesmith
as Trial Defendant
Sal Christi
as Court Policeman
Kleg Seth
as Photographer
Laura Figueroa
as Mau Mau Deb
Jonelle Allen
as Bishop Deb
Mark Dawson
as Policeman
Dolores Raskin
as Ederly Woman
Norman Bly
as Heckler
Tim Pelt
as Bishop
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Tepid and boring. One of two movies during which I have ever walked out.

October 25, 2004 | Rating: F

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