A Thief in the Night (1972)

  • Year: 1972
  • Released: 22 Mar 1973
  • Country: United States
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  • IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070795/
  • Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_thief_in_the_night
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  • Available in: 480p,
  • Language: English
  • MPA Rating: TV-PG
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
  • Runtime: 69 min
  • Writer: Donald W. Thompson, Russell S. Doughten Jr., Grant James
  • Director: Donald W. Thompson
  • Cast: Patty Dunning, Mike Niday, Colleen Niday
  • Keywords: christianity, the rapture, christian film,
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53% – Audience

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A Thief in the Night is partly cheesy, partly effective

I discovered this “End Times” movie on Google Video when I typed in “1972”. It’s basically the story of Patty and how she gets left behind with other non-believers after the believers (which included her snake-bitten husband) were perished. I liked the opening song in the beginning credits and some of the chase scenes. I’m just not sure the movie was a good lesson on the benefits of devotion to the teachings of the Bible since it gives us the fear but not the joy of the exercise. And then there’s that cheesy montage of domestic life of Patty and her husband that screams ’70s. This film is very much of its time. However, it is pretty effective as a story and it does make you think about the filmmaker’s intentions. So see A Thief in the Night with an open mind and don’t think too much about the uneven acting or writing but about how effective the movie’s message is.

Interesting in its Own Way

This film follows the belief of certain fundamentalist Christians that an event known as the “rapture” will take place soon which will cause all true believers to disappear from the earth all at once. In that regard, “Patty Myers” (Patty Dunning) is one of the many who is not taken up into heaven because she is not a Christian. However, her husband, “Jim Wright” (Mike Niday) was recently converted and he has disappeared. So has her friend, “Jenny” (Colleen Niday). On the other hand, her other two friends, “Diane Bradford” (Maryann Rachford) and her new husband “Jerry Bradford” (Thom Rachford) were also left behind and like Patty, they are now forced to deal with another fundamentalist event known as the “tribulation” which is essentially a hell on earth. Now, as I stated earlier, this film follows a controversial belief of a certain segment of the Christian faith. As such, there may be many people who may not understand or appreciate this type of film. Likewise, it is a low-budget production geared more for an evangelical outreach than for general entertainment purposes. Because of that, the acting is very basic and the dialogue will probably strike many as being a bit corny. Additionally, as the hairstyles and clothes clearly indicate, it is definitely dated to a time-period (late 60’s & early 70’s) which may not appeal to a more modern audience. Even so, this film created a stir within its targeted audience and resulted in 3 sequels: “A Distant Thunder”, “Image of the Beast” and “The Prodigal Planet”. In short, if a person can get beyond some of the peculiarities I mentioned earlier, they might find this film interesting in its own way. And while I am able to keep an open mind about the overall subject of the film, from a critical and objective perspective I have to rate it as slightly below average.


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.