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The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years -- Part 1 of the saga of forbidden love between ambitious Archbishop Ralph de Bricassart and willful Meggie Cleary


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Writers (WGA):
Colleen McCullough (novel)
David Stevens (written by)
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Release Date:
11 February 1996 (USA) See more »
A love reignited. A faith renewed.
Actually taking place in the middle of the original Thorn Birds miniseries, which chronicled the love affair of Meggie Cleary and Fr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Highly under-rated by die-hards of the first mini-series See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order)

Richard Chamberlain ... Ralph de Bricassart

Amanda Donohoe ... Meggie Cleary O'Neill
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bertram ... Harry Gough

Julia Blake ... Fee Cleary

Olivia Burnette ... Justine O'Neill

Michael Caton ... Bill Masters

James Costas ... Italian officer (as Jimmy Costas)
Rob Doran ... Blackshirt #2
Zach English ... Dane O'Neill
Peter Ford ... The Warder
Christopher Gabardi ... Father Angelo
Adam Grossetti ... Tony Masters

Jonathan Hardy ... Father Emilio
John Heywood ... Doctor
Phillip Hinton ... Levi

Enrico Mammarella ... Blackshirt #1
Marijke Mann ... Mrs. Smith
Ingrid Mason ... The Mother
Angelo Montano ... Priest

Maximilian Schell ... Cardinal Vittorio
Todd Schulberg ... Samuel

Robert Taylor ... Jack Cleary

Jack Thompson ... The Judge
Simon Westaway ... Luke O'Neill

Directed by
Kevin James Dobson 
Writing credits
Colleen McCullough (novel "The Thorn Birds")

David Stevens (written by)

Produced by
Jeffrey M. Hayes .... executive producer
Darryl Sheen .... producer
David Stevens .... co-producer
David L. Wolper .... executive producer
Mark Wolper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Garry McDonald 
Laurie Stone  (as Lawrence Stone)
Cinematography by
Ross Berryman 
Film Editing by
Stephen Butler 
Philip Reid 
Casting by
Jay Binder 
Irene Mariano 
Lynn Ruthven  (as Lynne Ruthven)
Production Design by
Stewart Burnside 
Art Direction by
Michael Rumpf 
Set Decoration by
Suza Maybury 
Rolland Pike 
Costume Design by
Jean Turnbull 
Makeup Department
Maree McDonald .... makeup: and hairdresser
Karla O'Keefe .... makeup & hair supervisor
Debra Stehlik .... makeup: and hairdresser
Production Management
Brendon 'Moose' Boyd .... unit manager
Julie Forster .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brett Popplewell .... first assistant director
Wade Savage .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bob Booker .... propman
Andrew Gardiner .... construction manager
Karyn-Lee 'Lilly' Miyoshi .... props set dresser
Ray Pedler .... scenic artist
Rolland Pike .... set dresser
Sound Department
Julius Chan .... dialogue editor
Paul Clark .... sound mixer
Tim Jordan .... effects editor
Gerard Long .... foley recordist
Ian McLoughlin .... sound re-recording mixer
Gavin Myers .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Mont Fieguth .... special effects (as Monty Fieguth)
Matt Sloan .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
James Rogers .... digital compositor
Peter Webb .... digital compositor
Derek Wentworth .... digital matte painter
Rowena Zande .... cgi production manager
Danny Baldwin .... stunt coordinator
Sue Baldwin .... stunts
Haydn Dalton .... utility stunts
Mike Kent .... stunts
Glenn Suter .... stunts
Darryl Young .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Binnie .... second assistant camera
Brian J. Breheny .... second unit director of photography
Greg Casey .... assistant electrician
David Elmes .... first assistant camera
Mike Kelly .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mike Kelly .... first assistant camera
Daryl Pearson .... best boy
David Shaw .... key grip
Greg Tidman .... rigging grip
Dick Tummel .... gaffer
Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Barton .... standby wardrobe
Editorial Department
Julie Sommerfeldt .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music score mixer
Robin Gray .... scoring mixer
Henry Mancini .... based on music by
Other crew
Jennifer Cornwell .... production coordinator
Wade Krawczyk .... assistant armourer
James Legge .... location manager
Kathryn Metcalfe .... production assistant
Yuell Newsome .... stock librarian
Jenny Quigley .... script supervisor
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance

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USA:178 min
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In the original miniseries, the outback scenes were shot in southern California. In The Missing Years, the outback scenes were shot in the actual outback of Australia.See more »
Ralph:[after successfully beating up Luke O'Neill] Dane is mine!See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows "The Thorn Birds" (1983)See more »


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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Highly under-rated by die-hards of the first mini-series, 11 March 1999
Author: AnnieP from San Francisco, CA

I liked it. Better and better. At first I found the lady cold and not at all like the Meggie I had grown used to from watching the series over and over, but she was farther along in her story now - she'd borne Ralph's child and raised him to the age of thirteen. The world was at war. She was lonely and becoming a pragmatist. She didn't expect to see him again. (We didn't either.) THAT is the gift here - more time with the lovers.

Before commenting on the consistently good performances, which were (for the most part) written and played true to the characters lined in the book and performed in the original mini, I must protest the unsympathetic, growling characterization of Vittorio, Father Ralph's mentor at the Vatican. The writer was dead wrong in having him threaten Ralph with his love for Meggie. "Get over it!" he says, essentially. "Get on with your life!" Vittorio would never have acted so. Maximillian Schell was serious miscasting, but he didn't write his own lines. The same judgments apply regarding the casting and meddling attitude of Meggie's mother- too sensational, too cruel. And out of character.

The confrontation between Ralph and Vittorio comes so early in the story that one is tempted to judge the entire production by it, but it is important to keep watching. Eventually the characters fit in to the almost sacred memories we have of the earlier version and stand as logical segues to the time-line that they must fit into. The son Dane, by the way, is a real goody-goody. I didn't like him as an adult and I didn't like him as a kid, but he was true to character.

Look - Richard Chamberlain is the best. The love story stands. It was the main reason we watched the first one - that and the wonderful performances by the major stars - Kiley, Stanwyck, Simmons. Those folks aren't there; two of them we will never see again, and we will miss them, but we have Richard Chamberlain here again, and he was, after all, the heart of the story.

Look - try thinking of it as a road company performance with a star turn. It's worth seeing. Take another look and see if you don't agree- it's available on tape.

I cried.

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