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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 »

Director:

Donald W. Thompson

Writers:

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

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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Trivia

John Holmes auditioned but backed out due to other filming commitments at the time. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Guy at teen center: What does all this mean?
Duane: It means exactly what it says. Any minute, any second, could be the last chance that anyone has to give himself to Jesus. Because when He returns, it will happen that fast. The Bible says in the twinkling of an eye, millions of people will suddenly disappear; leave this earth to meet their Lord. And a shocked world will discover suddenly that what the Bible said was true. This is no joke, this is not a fairytale, it will happen just as sure as you and I are here right ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Words and Music by Larry Norman
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Disturbing.
13 January 2010 | by roonweezSee all my reviews

I was raised in a "very Christian" household since birth. I was saved before I saw this movie and the rest of the series and was forced to watch it in a youth group at my church. This movie was highly disturbing. I saw it when I was about 12 years old and literally had nightmares about it for years. I used to lay awake in bed and listen for the sounds of my mom's footsteps upstairs. If I didn't hear her footsteps, I would sneak upstairs to make sure she hadn't been raptured. I used to pray so hard every night for salvation because I was terrified of Jesus forgetting me. This is definitely not something I will show to my kids until they are much older, if at all. It took me years to shake the fear that this movie gave me.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Carlisle, Iowa, USA See more »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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