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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 »

Director:

Donald W. Thompson

Writers:

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

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)
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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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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Carlisle, Iowa, USA See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Color
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Trivia

The song RAPTURE was written and performed by Blondie 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

Girl at teen center: But He's done it for us, Jenny, that's why He came to Earth. Jesus Christ was born a human being, and He grew and lived the life that God's holiness demands of each of us. And He was punished and killed, punished as though He was one of us.
Jenny: That seems so unfair.
Girl at teen center: Who said love is fair?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, it says "THE END ...is near" See more »

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Featured in After the Tribulation (2012) See more »

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I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Words and Music by Larry Norman
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Ahead of its time
27 January 2005 | by nothingbutmyharpSee all my reviews

Long before Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins would shake the world of the Christian subculture (and make millions in the process) with the LEFT BEHIND books, MARK IV Pictures, the Christian film distribution company of the Billy Graham evangelistic association, gave us this masterwork. What I love most about this genre is its incredible attention to detail, sitting in a living room. Instead of taking us to the dramatic scenes of this "post-rapture" tribulation, we sit in the living room, hearing about it on the news because the filmmakers can't afford to show it. The film's premise is grounded in Pre-Millenial, pre-Tribulation eschatalogy, believing that Christ comes once for the secret taking of the true church, and then comes again at the end of the seven years of hell on earth. What used to terrify me in junior high now makes me laugh. The intriguing adventures of Patty and her journey throughout the tribulation (and two of the film's three sequels) tells her remarkable story of unbelief and ultimately damnation. I hate to admit it, but I still thoroughly enjoy watching this. It even has the SAME EXACT score of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I think I'm the only person in history to make that observation.


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