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The Cross and the Switchblade Movie Review Summary

Actors: Pat Boone, Erik Estrada

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Pastor David Wilkerson (Pat Boone) is sent from a bucolic church in Pennsylvania to the urban mean streets of New York City. He tries to stem the violence between youth gangs killing one another in turf wars by preaching the word of God. The gangs repeatedly get into serious and sometimes deadly fights with knives, chains, and clubs with one another and even the police. Wilkerson works tirelessly to turn the young men and women under his charge away from drugs and violence. Gang leader Israel (DiFilippi) and a warrior of the Mau-Mau's named Nicky Cruz (Estrada) are the toughest and most troublesome of those he encounters.

A young woman named Little Bo Peep (Robinson) helps Wilkerson to learn the rules of the street, the laws of gang loyalty, and the price of betrayal. Wilkerson displays incredible courage and an unshakable faith to enter the desperate and dysfunctional world of criminal gangs and the dangers they present. Mingo, a young gang member is killed in a knife fight between the Bishop's and the Mau-Mau's. Wilkerson helps to straighten out a heroin addict as she goes through cold-turkey withdrawals. The temptation of drugs, gangs, and crime are often too strong to resist for those with nowhere else to turn, but Cruz eventually sees the light and answers a higher calling having taken Wilkerson's message of love and religion to heart.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Fletcher








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   gang conflict Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   religious figure

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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