Looking for the name of old gangbanger movie. 70's maybe 80's?

The end up finding Jesus and one characters name is Israel and he gets all excited because the Bible has Israel writting a alot in it.

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  • 9 years ago
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    The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)

    starring Pat Boone, Erik Estrada, (Jacqueline) Jackie Giroux, Dino DeFilippi as Israel

    IMDb synopsis:

    Based on a true story, crusading minister David Wilkerson gets involved in the lives of members of a New York street gang.

    IMDb review excerpt:

    4. If your name is Israel, the Bible talks a lot about you.

    Here's Part 1 on YouTube:


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    I saw this in the theater~a very long time ago. The book had made quite a splash, and most of the teens and college crowd seemed to have copies of it. This was Erik Estrada's film/acting debut at the age of 21, and he definitely was noteworthy! Many females developed a crush on him after seeing this film.

  • 3 years ago

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