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A Thief in the Night (1972)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  22 March 1973 (USA)
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Cast overview:
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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During the filming of the scene where Patty is walking over the railroad tracks on the bridge, Patty Dunning states in an interview that she did, in fact, drop down in between the trestles, and that she was really glad she weighed what she did at the time so that she didn't go all the way through, because the bridge was about 60 feet high. 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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Pastor Balmer: [quoting Scripture] The world will be at ease; banquets and parties and weddings, just as it was in Noah's time before the sudden coming of the flood. People wouldn't believe what was going to happen until the flood actually arrived and took them all away. So shall My coming be. Two men will be working in the fields, one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be going about their household tasks, one will be taken and the other left. So be prepared for you know not what day your Lord is ...
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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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