Before there was a countercultural Christian film market, The Cross and the Switchblade was made within the Hollywood system, with an unashamedly Christian vision of the producers. This movie sparked today's Christian film movement, while it reached international success.
Based on David Wilkerson's 1963 autobiography of the same name, this film reveals the unlikely efforts of a skinny country preacher who brought change to the desperate lives of gang members living and dying on the rough streets of New York City. Among the many whose lives were transformed was the notorious gang leader Nicky Cruz, who went on to lead a decades-long outreach to gang members and other distressed young people.
Wilkerson had a mission to tell the lost and hurting people that there was a better way through Jesus Christ. It grew into the Times Square Church and the international ministries of Teen Challenge and World Challenge, whose missions bring lasting, holistic change to individuals and communities.
The story may live on in the book and in this iconic film, but more importantly, it prevails in the legacy of lives transformed by the message that on one is ever too far gone that they can't find their way back home.
- 105 minutes
- Director's commentary
- Nicky Cruz testimony
- The making of the film and its impact
- Actor biographies
- Audio available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Putonghua, Portuguese, Russian, Cantonese, and Hindi
- English subtitles available