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Writer:
Lee Stanley (writer)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
27 March 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Love unattainable. Forbidden forever. See more »
Plot:
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... See more »
Awards:
Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The greatest romantic mini-series of all time! See more (61 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [25])

Richard Chamberlain ... Ralph de Bricassart (4 episodes, 1983)

Rachel Ward ... Meggie Cleary (4 episodes, 1983)

Christopher Plummer ... Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese (4 episodes, 1983)

Bryan Brown ... Luke O'Neill (4 episodes, 1983)

Brett Cullen ... Bob Cleary (4 episodes, 1983)

Stephanie Faracy ... Judy (4 episodes, 1983)

Barry Corbin ... Pete (4 episodes, 1983)

John de Lancie ... Alastair MacQueen (4 episodes, 1983)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Mary Carson (4 episodes, 1983)

Jean Simmons ... Fiona 'Fee' Cleary (3 episodes, 1983)

Piper Laurie ... Anne Mueller (3 episodes, 1983)

Earl Holliman ... 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)

Holly Palance ... Miss Carmichael (3 episodes, 1983)

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Mrs. Smith (3 episodes, 1983)

Ken Howard ... Rainer Hartheim (2 episodes, 1983)

Richard Kiley ... Paddy Cleary (2 episodes, 1983)

Mare Winningham ... Justine O'Neil / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Richard Venture ... Harry Gough (2 episodes, 1983)

Dwier Brown ... Stuart Cleary (2 episodes, 1983)

Antoinette Bower ... Sarah MacQueen (2 episodes, 1983)

Chard Hayward ... Arne Swenson (2 episodes, 1983)
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Series Directed by
Daryl Duke (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Writing credits
Carmen Culver (4 episodes, 1983)
Colleen McCullough (4 episodes, 1983)

Lee Stanley (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Irving Paul Lazar .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1983)
Edward Lewis .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1983)
Stan Margulies .... producer (4 episodes, 1983)
David L. Wolper .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1983)

Lee Stanley .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Henry Mancini (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Cinematography by
Bill Butler (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
Carroll Timothy O'Meara (2 episodes, 1983)
Robert F. Shugrue (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Production Design by
Robert MacKichan (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Art Direction by
Robert MacKichan (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jerry Adams (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Costume Design by
Travilla (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1983)
Lee Crawford .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1983)

Marina Hart .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Sharleen Rassi .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1983)
George Taylor .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Gardner .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1983)
Warren Gray .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1983)
Eric Jones .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Art Department
Victor E. Petrotta Sr. .... property master (4 episodes, 1983)

Ray Pedler .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard Wagner .... sound (4 episodes, 1983)
Don Crosby .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1983)
Al Kajita .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1983)
Larry Kaufman .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1983)
Alan Potter .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Special Effects by
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
David Stipes .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Barbara Stanwyck, Rachel Ward (4 episodes, 1983)

Kim Kahana .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... on-set technician (4 episodes, 1983)

Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (unknown episodes)
To Lee .... camera assistant trainee (unknown episodes)
Johnny Walker .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas S. Dawson .... costume: men (4 episodes, 1983)
Donna Roberts .... costume supervisor: women (4 episodes, 1983)

Jerry Herrin .... costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Marc Wielage .... telecine colorist (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Music Department
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (4 episodes, 1983)
Jay Alfred Smith .... music editor (4 episodes, 1983)

Henry Mancini .... composer: song "Anywhere the Heart Goes" (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Paul Pav .... location manager (4 episodes, 1983)
Sandra Seacat .... acting coach: Rachel Ward (4 episodes, 1983)
Terrance Sweeney .... technical advisor / religious consultant (4 episodes, 1983)
Anne Warner .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1983)

Elise Ganz .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
Carol Green .... unit publicist (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
Israel:460 min | USA:477 min (DVD) | USA:487 min (TV version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Rachel Ward, the water that Ralph and Meggie were swimming in on Matlock Island was ice cold.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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!See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The greatest romantic mini-series of all time!, 11 October 1999
Author: gerry-russell-139 from United States

Richard Chamberlain became an even bigger heartthrob with the advent of this epic mini-series, Rachel Ward became a star, and Barbara Stanwyk made a major comeback and stole the show in only three hours of on-screen time. "The Thorn Birds", based on Colleen McCullough's best-selling epic novel takes place in the Australia of the 1920's and stretches across three generations to the 1960's and tells the story of a life-long romance between an ambitious priest (Chamberlain) and the woman who only wanted his love. Rachel Ward is a beautiful rose as Meggie, Richard Chamberlain is an ideal Ralph de Bricassart and Barbara Stanwyk is at her best as Mary Carson, Meggie's aunt, the richest yet loneliest woman in Australia. She desires Ralph for herself but he easily spurns her and she takes revenge on him with unmerciful vengeance. He had broken his vow of obedience prior to meeting Mary Carson and she sets out to cause him to break his other vows of poverty and especially chastity. When she dies suddenly she leaves her entire estate to the Church in Rome with Ralph in soul charge as overseer (vow of poverty now broken). She also knows that sooner or later he will hopelessly succumb to Meggie's wish of receiving his love. Several years pass before that vow is broken but it eventually is and what comes of it is a deep, dark secret that will either make or break Ralph. The entire supporting cast is brilliant also: Barbara Stanwyk, Richard Kiley and Jean Simmons all won an Emmy for their performances. Piper Laurie, Christopher Plummer and Bryan Brown were all nominated but poor, little Rachel Ward and Mare Winningham got the shaft. See it! It's a full, rich story with powerful stamina!

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