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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 »


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 »


Duane: No one knows when it's going to happen. When they asked Him, even Jesus said that He didn't know the exact time. But it's going to happen. One of these days and it could be any minute now, Christ is going to come back for His own. After that it's going to be pretty awful here on Earth.
Jim Wright: Like what?
Duane: Well for example, the Bible says that right now the spirit of God is holding back the full force of evil in the world, but after the believers go, the spirit will too. That means a whole new ball game, ...
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At the end of the movie, it says "THE END ...is near" See more »


Referenced in After the Tribulation (2012) See more »


I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Words and Music by Larry Norman
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1 August 2006 | by elipoohSee all my reviews

Perhaps because I was so young, innocent and BRAINWASHED when I saw it, this movie was the cause of many sleepless nights for me. I haven't seen it since I was in seventh grade at a Presbyterian school, so I am not sure what effect it would have on me now. However, I will say that it left an impression on me... and most of my friends. It did serve its purpose, at least until we were old enough and knowledgeable enough to analyze and create our own opinions. I was particularly terrified of what the newly-converted post-rapture Christians had to endure when not receiving the mark of the beast. I don't want to spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it so I will not mention details of the scenes, but I can still picture them in my head... and it's been 19 years.

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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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