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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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Colleen McCullough (novel)
David Stevens (written by)
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Release Date:
11 February 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A love reignited. A faith renewed.
Plot:
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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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
How disappointing and a sad excuse to make more money! See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
Danny Baldwin .... stunt coordinator
Sue Baldwin .... stunts
Haydn Dalton .... 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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Trivia:
Richard Chamberlain was the only original cast member to reprise his role from the original miniseries.See more »
Quotes:
Ralph:Does God want me for my ability or Mary Carson's money?See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows "The Thorn Birds" (1983)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
How disappointing and a sad excuse to make more money!, 1 May 2013
Author: born_to_writing_insight from United Kingdom

This was really, really bad. Things really stuck out for me like a sore thumb in this one. It was painful to watch. Chamberline was the only one who could act and evoke the same personality he had in the Original, but, bad idea recasting Meggie. Even worse re-filming the famous stairs sequence where Ralph sees Meggie for the first time as a young woman and completely falls head over heels. One: Meggie's hair wasn't up in the original Secondly: It looked like some sort of spoof trying to attempt that scene, it was completely disgusting. Also it doesn't make sense. Ralph didn't see Justine or Dane until they were adults! I'm pretty sure if he hadn't, he would've remembered them. The original makes it clear that he has just met them. It is so, stupid. What's worse is the fact that they tried to make it seem like Ralph returned to Drogheda during the war, which is false as the author of the damn book said there was no missing years. Meggie and Ralph last saw each other on Matlock Island and saw each other again years after, in the early fifties. Do you get how mad I am right now? Ugh. I get that this DVD is included with the original, but seriously, I'm binning my copy. A really bad and lame excuse to make more money. It looks cheap and casting others to play roles of such familiar and outstanding people was just awful!

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