Although the original events depicted in this classic fromthe drug infested, gang dominated streets happened overthirty years ago, the life-changing solution that DavidWilkerson brought to desperate lives was just beginning. Thebeat goes on. The change in the life of notorious gangleader Nicky Cruz, as shown in the film, proved to bewonderfully lasting and real. Nicky continues today to reachyoung people around the world with the same life-changingmessage of the gospel of Jesus Christ that delivered himfrom violence and despair. And what about the skinnypreacher, David Wilkerson, who braved the meanest streets ofNew York to tell desperate and drug crazed youth that therewas a better way? Now, three decades later, he is still atit with a ministry based in Times Square that is stillchanging lives and offering genuine hope to countless soulswho had given up on life. Now in over 25 languages, TheCross and the Switchblade, starring Pat Boone and EricEstrada, is one of those rare films that has shown itsunique power to connect with the deepest hopes and fears ofyouth around the world. It remains today one of the mostcompelling stories of love, grace and the truth that no oneis ever so far gone that they cannot find the way out.