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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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »
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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)
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 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'Neill (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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Love unattainable. Forbidden forever. See more »

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27 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Die Dornenvögel  »

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Olivia Newton-John auditioned for the part of Meggie. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Spoofed in The Pornbirds (1985) See more »

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THe Thorn Birds Theme
Written and Performed by Henry Mancini
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Wow... i loved it!
19 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My mother was given the box set DVD for Christmas, we sat down to watch it on Christmas day at about 8 o'clock, and didn't move until the early hours of the next morning. I simply couldn't drag my eyes away from the screen for one second. I became such an instant fan that as soon as I could I rushed off and bought the book, and before I knew it, I'd finished that as well! Towards the end of the film I felt myself identifying more with Justine, than I had done with Meggie the younger and elder throughout the film. Fate is always so cruel, how could Dane leave Meggie, and how could Justine desert her mother, and just how long did Fee live? That women seemed everlasting! Overall, I loved every second of it, and felt, as every women does, a very strong attraction to Richard Chamberline THROUGHOUT! I probably would've starved and gone without sleep if the book hadn't been prised away from my hands.


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