Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.66
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • A Thief in the Night
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

A Thief in the Night

48 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$44.93

"Minions" Now Available for Pre-order
Customers who have shown an interest in Kids and Family titles might like to know that "Minions" is now available for pre-order.

Editorial Reviews

One of the most unique and widely seen motion pictures of all time. A THEIF IN THE NIGHT tells 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 morning she awakens to find her husband gone and the radio reporting that 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 thought-provoking climax in this powerfully gripping film.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Patty Dunning
  • Directors: Donald W. Thompson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Russ Doughten Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JDTN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By TOMMY C ELLIS on June 3, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie is important in that it began the whole Christian apocalyptic genre. In 1972 Thief in the Night was cutting-edge church drama. Of course the acting seems a bit stiff, the dialogue forced, the message delivered without a hint of sublety. However, this effort served as a catalyst for the many sophisticated media presentations of a popular Christian view of how the world as we know it ends (and begins).
I remember seeing Thief in the Night roughly a quarter of a century ago--how it inspired me to greater dedication, and how a number people became serious about their faith for the first time.
Seeing The film today is akin to watching some of the earliest Star Trek episodes. The dated styles, the archiac technology, and the paper-shuffling government authorities are fun to remember. Yet, in spite of the 30 years that have passed since its production, Thief in the Night's message remains timely.
Perhaps the reintroduction of the Thief in the Night series will garner new appreciation for such modern productions as Left Behind, and the Apocalypse series. Religious producers still do not have the budgets and tools available on the scale Hollywood uses. Nevertheless, meaningful messages are being meaningfully done.
Bottom-line: Thief in the Night will prove most interesting to Christians who came of age in the 70s and 80s. The acting is stiff, but not sloppy. The message lacks nuance, but communicates clearly and realistically. As a pioneer effort in the genre, the movie earns a solid 4 stars.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By H. Millay VINE VOICE on July 20, 2006
Format: DVD
I was 5 or 6 when I was first introduced to this film and the rest of the series. They were screened at my church and everyone was encouraged to bring their families. Like some of the other reviewers here, I was absolutely terrified and proceeded to have nightmares and anxiety attacks for years. I developed a ridiculous fear of abandonment and would freak out every time I lost my mother in the supermarket or came home from school to an empty house (I actually would turn on the news to make sure I hadn't been "left behind"). I also found myself up at the altar in tears every week just in case the previous week's salvation hadn't stuck.

I honestly believe my church screened the films with good intentions, and I know they have genuine concern for what they consider "lost souls." However, it is my opinion that scare tactics like these should NOT be used on kids. Children are incredibly impressionable and not capable of understanding the concepts at work in these films; I cannot think of anything less Christian than intentionally putting them through the sort of trauma so many of us here experienced. It's taken me 25+ years to stop being angry about this. That is insane.

I *would* recommend the series to adults with an interest (whether academic or faith-based) in apocalypse theories (or anyone with a true appreciation of camp, for that matter). Please just do not show these films to children.
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Angeldude98 on January 18, 2007
Format: DVD
Oh, wow! I remember seeing this film for the first time at a church showing in Argentina when I was about 5 or 6, and didn't pay attention to it, as I was too young to fully understand it. But then I saw it again here in the U.S. also at a church showing when I was 8 and was scared out of my wits! That, and the fact that all our pastor ever preached about was Bible prophecy and the rapture really did it for me. I couldn't sleep for days, and then I was constantly scared that the rapture would happen and I'd be left behind. It literally took me years to recover. I couldn't even hear the theme song from the movie because my heart would start pounding and I'd get spooked about everything. When they'd show it privately or at church, I'd refuse to see it. I din't see it again until I was about 16 and even then it still spooked me. Oh man! That really is some movie. I'm an adult now, and of course, I know better. I'm a Christian and own all 4 of the movies in the series, along with every other rapture/end-times movie out there (like the "Apocalypse" and "Left Behind" movies)and scores of books, both fiction and non ficton (like "Left Behind"), on the subject. I became a devout student of prophecy myself and have taught it, preached about it, and lectured on it many times. I now look forward to the rapture because I know now that I won't be left behind, since I have given my life to Christ. As you can tell, this movie is a great attention getter, and while by today's standards it is outdated and amateourish, the message is clear and well presented and can lead people to search more until they eventually find what they are looking for. I consider this a Christian movie classic, and I'm quite satisfied to keep it in my DVD collection (though I still don't watch it that often... brings back memories... :-) ).
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie was commonly shown in churches in the 1970's, and frightened many non-believers so badly that some of them did begin to consider their own spiritual condition and come to salvation. I was one of those people, having seen the film in a Pentecostal church with my then best friend back in high school in 1974. I was raised in a Methodist church that seldom spoke of salvation and never spoke of the rapture, so the entire concept presented in the film was new to me at the time.

Thus, I guess you could say this film did some good in the fact that some were brought to Christ either as a direct or indirect result of watching it. However, it does tend to rock already saved ones into a sense of complacency in relation to the doctrine of the rapture of all Christians prior to the great tribulation, when a careful study of the Bible shows that this is not the case. In that sense, the film does a disservice.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the acting is B-rated, but that is not really the point of the movie. It was not trying to break box office records or win awards. I haven't seen this film in over thirty years, but the memory that still stands out the most to me is that of the heroine of the film going to church on Sunday, trying to find something of the spiritual experience her new husband has found, and being treated instead to a very dead dull sermon. After the rapture, she goes to the church and finds the tormented preacher who has also been left behind lamenting - "Another one!". In other words, apparently large numbers of his paritioners as well as himself have never known Christ's salvation.

From a psychological standpoint you have to ask yourself why this film is so frightening.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: dvd..the book thief