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A Thief in the Night (1972)

TV-PG | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 22 March 1973 (USA)
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 »


Donald W. Thompson


Donald W. Thompson (story), Russell S. Doughten Jr. (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Patty Dunning Patty Dunning ... Patty Myers
Mike Niday Mike Niday ... Jim Wright
Colleen Niday Colleen Niday ... Jenny (as Coleen Niday)
Maryann Rachford Maryann Rachford ... Diane Bradford
Thom Rachford Thom Rachford ... Jerry Bradford (as Tom Rachford)
Duane Coller Duane Coller ... Duane
Russell S. Doughten Jr. Russell S. Doughten Jr. ... Reverend Matthew Turner
Clarence Balmer Clarence Balmer ... Pastor Balmer (the good minister)


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.


Drama | Fantasy | Horror



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The tattoos used didn't wash off once the scene had wrapped up for the day. 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: 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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At the end of the movie, it says "THE END ...is near" See more »


Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.83 (2012) See more »


I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Words and Music by Larry Norman
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good only for Jesus camp
22 December 2008 | by edleySee all my reviews

Written and acted by sincere amateurs, produced by some exploitation monger, this is dull and hard to watch.

Not the worst movie ever, but at least schlock like _Plan 9 From Outer Space_ usually had a real actor or two. I'd recommend _A Thief In The Night_ only to hardcore ironists and hardcore Dispensationalists. I'm neither.

Don't believe me? Watch it for free (albeit sourced from poor VHS) here: http://www.archive.org/details/Thief-In-The-Night

Relevant links added mostly to reach IMDb's 10-line minimum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dispensationalism http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/3199/thief-in-the-night-se-a/

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22 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Carlisle, Iowa, USA See more »


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$60,000 (estimated)
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