A Thief in the Night (1972)

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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 ...
Russell S. Doughten Jr. ...
Reverend Matthew Turner
Clarence Balmer ...
Pastor Balmer (the good minister)


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


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22 March 1973 (USA)  »

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$60,000 (estimated)

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This was shown in churches. See more »


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


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 »


Followed by A Distant Thunder (1978) See more »


I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Words and Music by Larry Norman
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7 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film so long ago I can't recall how old I was--had to have been less than 8 years old but older than 4. After watching it with my parents, it haunted me for the longest time, particularly when connected with the song "Wish We'd All Been Ready". Made in 1972 and having a low-budget feel to it, the acting was terrible and effects were poor, but the message was strong and persuading. The intent was obviously to scare the viewer into salvation. However, depending on your mindset while watching A Thief in the Night, you may or may not take any of it seriously. That is why as a child, lacking the experience, understanding, and ability to compartmentalize it was the most disturbing...for me anyway.

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