The Cross and the Switchblade

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Biographical information on actord; Director's commentary; Testimony by Nicky Cruz; Making of the film
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • UPC: 727985005065
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Ross Records
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Español, Portugais, Français, Italiano
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,172

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pat Boone David Wilkerson
Erik Estrada Nicky
Jo Ann Robinson Little Bo
Dino de Filippi Israel
Don Blakely Abdullah
Gil Frazier Big Cat
Don Lamond Sgt. Delano
Sam Capuano Mr. Gomez
Alex Colon Mingo
Hector Mercado Moonlight
Stew Silver Augie
Dorothy James Mrs. Gomez
David Connell Pusher
Michelle Galjour Angela
Darrel Adleman Pawnbroker
Jonelle Allen Bishop Deb
Victor Bumbalo Hugo
Jackie Cronin Norma
Jay Devlin District Attorney
Laura Figueroa Mau Mau Deb
Jackelyn Giroux Rosa
Thomas Mooney Chance
Mark Dawson Policeman
Tim Pelt Bishop
Vince O'Brien
Technical Credits
Don Murray Director, Screenwriter
Charles Bailey Art Director
James Bonnet Screenwriter
Ralph Carmichael Score Composer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Dick Ross Producer
Angelo Ross Editor
Pearl Somner Costumes/Costume Designer
Julian C. Townsend Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cross and the Switchblade
1. The Courthouse [5:07]
2. Befriended by Little Bo [9:21]
3. Warlord Meeting [8:17]
4. David Meets Pastor Gomez [4:41]
5. The Rumble [7:20]
6. Street Preaching [5:13]
7. The Clubhouse [4:00]
8. Nicky's Torment [2:10]
9. Rosa's Drug Arrangement With Nicky [5:43]
10. Planning the Rally [3:05]
11. Rosa's Battle With Drugs [8:13]
12. Funeral Ambush [6:50]
13. Nicky Rejects Rosa [8:45]
14. The Rally [8:10]
15. The Offering [4:33]
16. David's Message [6:42]
17. Attempted Rumble [6:39]
18. Credits [1:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Cross and the Switchblade
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Languages
      English
      Spanish
      Portuguese
      French
      German
      Italian
      Polish
      Russian
      English Sub-Titles
      No Sub-Titles
   Special Features
      A Commentary From Writer/Director Don Murray
      A Commentary From Associate Producer Dr. Ken Curtis
      "Back to the Cross and the Switchblade"
      "Jesus is the Answer": Nicky Cruz in South Africa
      Biographies
         Pat Boone - "David Wilkerson"
         Erik Estrada - "Nicky Cruz"
         Don Murray - Writer/Director
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