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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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Die Dornenvögel - Die verlorenen Jahre  »

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Richard Chamberlain (Ralph De Bricassart) was the only cast member of the original mini series The Thorn Birds to appear. See more »

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Meggie Cleary O'Neill: When I'm beside you, it's as close to heaven as I can imagine. But even when you're making love it's as if you're trying to reach something beyond me. Look, it's a wonderful idea; the two of us living together in the wilderness. But it's not what you really want.
Ralph: What I want is you.
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A genuine Aussie version at last
5 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I liked it. Mainly because this was actually filmed in Australia. I never found the original credible. The awful attempt to make Hawaii look like rural Australia by chucking a few sheep into the background failed dismally and the Drogheeda mansion looked like a poor relation of the house from 'Giant'. As for the weird, definitely non-Aussie out-buildings - what a joke. This time the authentic location made 'The Missing Years' much more believable. As for the young Dane being criticized for having a broad Aussie accent - how dumb can you be. He is an Australian character being played by an Australian boy - what would you prefer - one of those fake cockney Hollywood versions of an Australian accent? The plot was fine, if a bit predictable, the acting was as good as any in the original, if not better. So it was not the original cast. So what? Accept it for what it is - entertainment - and enjoy it.


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