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A Thief in the Night (1972)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  22 March 1973 (USA)
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Patty Dunning ...
Mike Niday ...
Jim Wright
Colleen Niday ...
Jenny (as Coleen Niday)
Maryann Rachford ...
Diane Bradford
Thom Rachford ...
Jerry Bradford (as Tom Rachford)
Duane Coller ...
Duane
Russell S. Doughten Jr. ...
Reverend Matthew Turner
Clarence Balmer ...
Pastor Balmer (the good minister)
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This was shown in churches. See more »

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During the chase scene towards the railway trestle the road appears one minute to have new yellow striping and the next cut having no striping. As the yellow striping don't have the old white ones underneath, the road must have been unmarked and painted during filming. The USA was converting their road markings from white to yellow during this period. See more »

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Jenny: What do you think about what he said?
Diane Bradford: Who?
Jenny: The guy who was preaching.
Diane Bradford: Oh I thought it was a bunch of bull.
Patty Myers: Oh some people get all strung out over things that don't even matter. I mean I'm a Christian.
Jenny: You are?
Patty Myers: Well not like *he* was a Christian. I mean I go to church about every week, I try to follow the 10 Commandments, I read my Bible once in a while, and I try and help people if they need it.
Diane Bradford: [laughing] You're practically a missionary.
Patty Myers: Well what else is there?
Jenny: I don't know.
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I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Words and Music by Larry Norman
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Lame
18 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Thief in the Night is basically the ur-Left Behind, an evangelical propaganda film from the 1970s that set the stage for most Christian end of the world stories since then. Its influence is actually amazing, given how bad it is.

The film fails on multiple levels, from pacing to acting. First and foremost, after a brief intro sequence involving the rapture, the film spends thirty to forty minutes looking at the protagonist's relationship with her evangelical husband and friends. If you came to this film looking for apocalyptic action, you're going to be bored for the first half.

Furthermore, these characters are just impossible to care about. They only exist to spout either platitudes or straw man arguments.


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