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A Thief in the Night (1972)

The story of Patty, a young woman caught up in living for the present with little concern for the future. She meets and marries a young man and her life seems great, until one moment she ... See full summary »

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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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The story of Patty, a young woman caught up in living for the present with little concern for the future. She meets and marries a young man and her life seems great, until one moment she awakens to find her husband gone and the radio reporting millions of people have mysteriously disappeared. As dramatic, earth shaking events begin to unfold around her, Patty realizes she is living in the end times spoken of in biblical prophecy. Adventure and suspense build to a though-provoking climax in this powerfully gripping film.

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...and there will be no place to hide.

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Trivia

The tattoos used didn't wash off once the scene had wrapped up for the day. See more »

Goofs

The great announcement is at noon Eastern Time (11am Central Time) but Patty's clock (in Iowa, Central Time) shows noon. See more »

Quotes

Jenny: Sue, could you run next door and ask Mrs. Thompson if I could borrow a stick of butter?
Susan: Okay, but you be sure to be here when I get back.
Jenny: Don't worry, sweetie, if I'm gone, you'll be gone, too.
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At the end of the movie, it says "THE END ...is near" See more »


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I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Words and Music by Larry Norman
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original low budget film
7 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

A THIEF IN THE NIGHT is a film geared around revival tent services in which a altar call was used. The film was low budget but effective in it's scope and format. The film uses what some would term scare tactics to scare a person into a salvation relationship with God. The setting of the film is before and after a rapture as foretold in the Bible. The film is one of the most successful in the history of religious media and is still so today. Part of the films success lies in it's common sense approach and unpretentious writing and directing. Some could call this film progaganda but I wouldn't go that far. The film was at the cutting edge of U.N. fear in the 1970's. The film spawned several sequels which followed the same U.N. fear plotline. I recommend the film to film students who want to understand the mind set of the far right in the media and to believers who yearn for the old tent revival meeting feel to a film.


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