The Thorn Birds (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,... See full summary »

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Actually taking place in the middle of the original Thorn Birds miniseries, which chronicled the love affair of Meggie Cleary and Fr. Ralph de Bricassart from 1920 to 1962, this two-part ... See full summary »

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 Ralph de Bricassart (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Meggie Cleary (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Luke O'Neill (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Bob Cleary (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Judy (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Pete (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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 Fiona 'Fee' Cleary (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Anne Mueller (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Luddie Mueller (3 episodes, 1983)
Philip Anglim ...
 Dane O'Neill (3 episodes, 1983)
John Friedrich ...
 Frank Cleary (3 episodes, 1983)
Stephen W. Burns ...
 Jack Cleary (3 episodes, 1983)
Bill Morey ...
 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'Neil / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Richard Venture ...
 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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Desire. Passion. Scandal. See more »

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El pájaro espino  »

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The role of Mary Carson was offered to Audrey Hepburn. See more »

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The name of the farm is mispronounced. It is named after the Irish town Drogheda. The American cast did not know that 'gh' in Irish is pronounced like an 'h' in English. The cast said Drow-Geeda whereas the proper pronunciation is Dro-huh-duh, where Dro is pronounced like in "drop". See more »

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Ralph de Bricassart: [telling the legend of the thorn bird to Meggie] There's a story... a legend, about a bird that sings just once in its life. From the moment it leaves its nest, it searches for a thorn tree... and never rests until it's found one. And then it sings... more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. And singing, it impales itself on the longest, sharpest thorn. But, as it dies, it rises above its own agony, to outsing the lark and the nightingale. The thorn bird pays its life for ...
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Referenced in Tutti gli uomini del deficiente (1999) See more »

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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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