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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 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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27 March 1983 (USA)  »

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El pájaro espino  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the shearers leave Drogheda, and Luke stays, he walks back to the wool-shed. As the camera rises following him, a part of the crane is visible in the lower right corner of the image. See more »

Quotes

Dane O'Neill: Mom, is this you? Oh, you were beautiful.
Meggie Cleary: Were? Oh the cruelty of youth.
Fiona 'Fee' Cleary: It was a lovely dress. Blue wasn't it?
Meggie Cleary: No, Mum, yours was blue.
Ralph de Bricassart: Meggie's dress was rose. "Ashes of Roses", it was called. And in it, she was the most beautiful thing any of us had ever seen.
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Definitely among the best mini-series ever; worth watching, if only to catch outstanding performances by Barbara Stanwyck and Christopher Plummer.
12 October 1998 | by (Salt Lake City, UT) – See all my reviews

Very well done; highly watchable. Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward are okay as the tortured lovers, but the acting kudos go to Barbara Stanwyck and Christopher Plummer. Stanwyck won an emmy for her role and Plummer was nominated for his. (He should have won.) Ms. Stanwyck's final scene is wrenching--the emotion came straight out of her guts and no matter how many times I see it, it chokes me up. She was one of the greats and it shows in this performance. Christopher Plummer's portrayal of "Vittorio," Ralph's friend and mentor in the church, is delightful and oh, so perceptive. He sees right through Ralph and we see what he knows in his eyes--subtle and convincing; a good role for Plummer. Numerous plot lines, interesting locations, adventure, romance, tragedy, strong cast, great music, thought-provoking theme, engaging script--I recommend it!


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