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The Cross and the Switchblade


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  • Actors: Pat Boone, Erik Estrada, Jacqueline Giroux, Jo-Ann Robinson, Dino DeFilippi
  • Directors: Don Murray
  • Writers: Don Murray, David Wilkerson, Elizabeth Sherrill, James Bonnet, John Sherrill
  • Producers: Dick Ross, Ken Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French, Italian, German, Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Ross Records
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KYDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cross and the Switchblade" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Although the original events depicted in this classic from the drug infested, gang dominated streets happened over thirty years ago, the life-changing solution that David Wilkerson brought to desperate lives was just beginning. The beat goes on. The change in the life of notorious gang leader Nicky Cruz, as shown in the film, proved to be wonderfully lasting and real. Nicky continues today to reach young people around the world with the same life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ that delivered him from violence and despair. And what about the skinny preacher, David Wilkerson, who braved the meanest streets of New York to tell desperate and drug crazed youth that there was a better way? Now, three decades later, he is still at it with a ministry based in Times Square that is still changing lives and offering genuine hope to countless souls who had given up on life.

Now in over 25 languages, The Cross and the Switchblade, starring Pat Boone and Eric Estrada, is one of those rare films that has shown its unique power to connect with the deepest hopes and fears of youth around the world. It remains today one of the most compelling stories of love, grace and the truth that no one is ever so far gone that they cannot find the way out.

DVD Features:
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Polish language tracks with or without English
Subtitles: English
Viewing Format: Widescreen
Digitally remastered from the original 35mm negative.
Bonus Material:
- Director's Commentary
- Producer's Commentary
- Biographical information on actors, director's commentary, testimony by Nicky Cruz, and a look back on the making of the film and its impact
- Chapter titles for easy scene access

Customer Reviews

They will touch your heart and bless your soul.
Caleb McSwain
These gang members really hated each other and had to be managed carefully.
CU82
It is a true story about the love and power of God.
Faith Y. Everling

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Max Kennedy on February 22, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I've heard about this show before, and just watched it, and plan on watching it again before the night is out!
This movie is great. I expected to be let down, but it moved me like few other films have. It tells the story of God's love through a Christian witness like no other modern film that I've seen. Based on a real life story, it stars Pat Boone and Eric Estrada (who also starred in the television show Chips). This is a classic.
Don't be fooled by the above review. This has nothing to do with the world's morality, and everything to do about the love that God shows to save men.
This film was made in 1969, and may seem a bit dated in how it presents gang violence, but it presents it like the other, secular, films of that era, and quite frankly is like a long overdue breath of fresh air after watching the nth gang and detective shows of the 60s and 70s. Finally, something REAL.
It is also not surprising that the networks will not air this film, and therefore you will need to buy it. While the networks continue to promote witchcraft, a sequel to this movie was made. Nicky Cruz, the gang member who was saved in this movie tells his own story in "Run, Baby, Run" -- his family was involved in the occult and witchcraft. Another movie and another needed breath of fresh air.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By W. Langan on August 21, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Both Pat Boone (Debbie's dad and known for his infamous No More Mr. Nice Guy CD) and especially Erik Estrada do a fine job acting in this one! The music is a little dated, but that's not the point of the movie. The highlight is seeing the respectable preacher turn around the hearts of many hardened gang members. It has its funny scenes as well, like the girl singing the song and the gang members taunt her. Most of all, it's an inspiring movie based on a true story. The Lord works in mysterious ways and anybody's life can change for the better!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 16, 2003
Format: DVD
The Cross And The Switchblade is the special anniversary edition DVD, which was digitally restored from the original 35mm negative. This is the now classic story of how the life-changing message of Jesus Christ gave a gang leader the inspiration and opportunity to transform his violent life into something better. Reaching out to the hopes and fears of young folks everywhere, The Cross And The Switchblade is dramatic, vivid, and very highly recommended viewing. This 105 minutes, fully color DVD production is enhanced with extra features including 8 language tracks, English sub-titles, commentary by writer/director Don Murray and associate producer Dr. A. Kenneth Curtis, actor biographies, and more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is a classic in the Christian world! It's a story of a country preacher who feels God calling him to help the New York street gangs and particularly a young warlord played by Eric Estrada. Full of suspense, drama, and humor- this is a rare nugget of gold in the Christian market which has been plagued until the last few years with cheese due to lack of big budgets. The cheese factor is here, too, just because of the "groovy" music and 70's production techniques, but it fits in nicely with the whole retro thing and you'll be pleasantly surprised by how the story grabs you. Check it out, baby!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harry Greene on March 9, 2006
Format: DVD
In 1975 I was given a copy of the book, The Cross and the Switchblade while i was waiting for a Greyhound Bus to go see my dad's mom whom I had never met. I was 14 years old and found myself put on the street by my natural mother who told me never come home. If it had not been for the spark this book put in my life and the seed that this book planted helped me prepare for my early adult life taking care of myself. I could not depend or trust anyone who said they loved me because I just didn't trust them, my own mother who said she loved me cast me to wolves, what would others do to me. It was David Wilkerson's book that changed me not immediately but planted the seed for the harvest in my life. I am now a Minister of the Gospel with a good business and a family whom I love and kids I wouldn't trade for anything.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ivanfan@goti.net on June 29, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I viewed this movie many years ago . It brought me back to where I needed to be with Christ. It was so well done and so real to life , and it being a true story made it harder for one to walk away and not feel touched by its content. I just purchased the hard cover book and the video for my daughter , and I also have 2 younger children that in time will benefit from its content. I wish there were more stars to award it . Great work !!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By House Of Prayer Inc on December 16, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I read the book before I watched the movie. And as it happens so often, I think the book is much better, because it expresses so much deeper what goes on inside the characters. Also the works of the Holy Spirit is, except for one incident, lost in the movie.
Still for a person who does not know the book, it is better to see the movie, then not know about the heart change from Christ at all.
I wish the movie could be reproduced with modern techniques. It can not be hidden,that it is very old (1960s). And hopefully with the reproduction the soul work documented in the book could be much better expressed. Incorporating parts of Nicky Cruz's book "Run baby run" would make it almost perfect.
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