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The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996)

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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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 miniseries begins in 1943. Father Ralph returns to Drogheda to evaluate its financial situation just as his one true love, Meggie, is embroiled in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, Luke. Written by Phil Fernando

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A love reignited. A faith renewed.

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11 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Die Dornenvögel - Die verlorenen Jahre  »

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Richard Chamberlain was the only original cast member to reprise his role from the original miniseries. See more »

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Fee: But Dane is not your son!
Luke O'Neill: [laughs in disbelief] Who then?
Fee: [whispering] Can't you guess?
Luke O'Neill: [face clouding as it dawns on him that Dane's father is actually Ralph de Bricassart] That BLOODY Priest... I'll kill him!
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Did the writers even READ the book?
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I could have handled the change in characters - if they showed any resemblance in looks or character to the book or miniseries versions.

I could have handled the adaption of script - if they kept to the general plot of the book.

But everything was changed. Everything was different! The only thing that was similar apart from Richard Chamberlain was their names!

Why the heck did Luke O'Neill turn up on Drogheda? Why did Justine even like him? Why the heck was Vittorio fat and unkempt? Why was Dane a red headed chump of a kid? Why was Meggie some cold-hearted cow? What on earth possessed Richard Chamberlain to think it was a good idea to reprise his role in a shitty version?

This was appalling, and totally ruined the integrity of the story. This wasn't based on The Thorn Birds novel at all, this was an entirely made up story that used the same names and locations!

(If I could credit anything, was at least they cast Australian actors.)


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