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The Thorn Birds 

This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie,... See full summary »
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 Luke O'Neill 4 episodes, 1983
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 Bob Cleary 4 episodes, 1983
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 Alastair MacQueen 4 episodes, 1983
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 Mary Carson 4 episodes, 1983
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 Frank Cleary 3 episodes, 1983
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 Jack Cleary 3 episodes, 1983
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 Angus MacQueen 3 episodes, 1983
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 Miss Carmichael 3 episodes, 1983
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 Mrs. Smith 3 episodes, 1983
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 Rainer Hartheim 2 episodes, 1983
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 Paddy Cleary 2 episodes, 1983
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 Justine O'Neill 2 episodes, 1983
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 Harry Gough 2 episodes, 1983
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 Stuart Cleary 2 episodes, 1983
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 Sarah MacQueen 2 episodes, 1983
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 Arne Swenson 2 episodes, 1983
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This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie, and her love for the family's priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart. Meggie tries to forget Ralph by marrying dashing stockman Luke O'Neill, but she and Ralph are soon reunited, with tragic consequences for them both. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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Love unattainable. Forbidden forever. See more »

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27 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Lynne Frederick expressed interest in this production and even dyed her hair red to campaign herself. But was rejected following the blacklisting she faced following her husband, Peter Sellers, death and controversial will. See more »

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When Fiona was playing the piano and Frank walked in while it was raining outside, you can see some equipment in the window. See more »

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Meggie Cleary: As for Ralph, he'll never know Dane's his, unless you tell him. And if you do, I warn you, I'll be as merciful to you, as you've always been to me!
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Referenced in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) See more »

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THe Thorn Birds Theme
Written and Performed by Henry Mancini
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The "Gone With The Wind" of the Australian outback
2 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Upon my initial viewings, this moved me. It is an emotionally charged drama of forbidden love, scandal and tragedy that teaches a very powerful lesson...that we, as a human race, are all doomed to destruction, each generation repeating the mistake of the one before (remember Rev. Jim Jones himself said "those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it").

This miniseries was the Australian outback's answer to "Gone With The Wind". Only this time it's Cardinal DeBricissart (Richard Chamberlin) that's the Scarlett O'Hara and Meggie Cleary (Rachel Ward) that's the Rhett Butler. And yes, it cries for a sequel that can never be made. And yes, not all love stories have happy endings.

And there are some sequences that do not depend on a music score, such as the touching climactic scene with Meggie and Justine in the barn.

But that's just what makes a miniseries a classic. This is not some cheap-skate adaptation of a best selling book...this is the way novels should be made.


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