The Cross and the Switchblade

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Released 1970

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Director:
Don Murray
Released:
1970
Rating:
PG
The Cross and the Switchblade is a 1970 movie written and directed by Don Murray and based on a book of the same name by John and Elizabeth Sherrill. Based on the real-life experiences of pastor David Wilkerson, the story follows Wilkerson (singer and actor Pat Boone) as he moves from his peaceful small-town congregation to the strife-ridden streets of a rundown slum area of New York, where lives made hard by poverty are made harder still by gang wars, drug addiction, and prostitution. There he comes into contact with the gang members, including their thoughtful leader, Nicky Cruz (Erik Estrada), and street-smart Little Bo (Jo-Ann Robinson), who decides to help him as he struggles to combat the ubiquitous drug problems of the area's youth and lead the cynical addicts to a better way of life. The film was produced by Gateway Films, which is part of the American Baptist Convention.
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