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The Thorn Birds 

In the arid 1920s Australian Outback, a Catholic priest and the beautiful granddaughter of a vast sheep station owner stand powerless before God's will, tormented by desire. How far are they willing to go in the name of love?
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1983  
Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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 Stephen W. Burns ...  Jack Cleary 3 episodes, 1983
Bill Morey 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'Neill 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Venture 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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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. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie, and her love for the family's priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart. Meggie tries to forget Ralph by marrying dashing stockman Luke O'Neill, but she and Ralph are soon reunited, with tragic consequences for them both. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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Love. Unattainable. Forbidden. Forever. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Many actresses tested for the role of Meggie, including Michelle Pfeiffer. Finally, it came down to two actresses, Rachel Ward, and Jane Seymour. Producers liked Seymour's acting much better, but felt she was too strong an actress and lacked the vulnerability needed to play Meggie. So the part went to Ward. See more »

Goofs

Through out the miniseries you see cars driving on the right-hand side of the road. This story takes place in Australia where they have always driven on the left side of the road. Additionally, the cars in the film are left-hand drive instead of RHD. See more »

Quotes

Young Meggie Cleary: Oh Father. I'm so glad I'm not dying. What would I ever do without you?
Ralph de Bricassart: Oh silly. You'll never be without me.
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Connections

Referenced in How to Get Away with Murder: Best Christmas Ever (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

THe Thorn Birds Theme
Written and Performed by Henry Mancini
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right up there with Gone with the wind-The Way We Were, Somewhere in Time
14 June 2006 | by amy-dorseySee all my reviews

This was one of the most beloved love stories, right up there with Gone With the Wind, Somewhere in Time, and The Way we Were...I remember there was talk once on making a sequel to The Way we Were, and I thought please don't. In my mind Hubel and Katie eventually reunited. Again, in my mind things turned out wonderful for the Cleary's. I remember the series when it came out, I was 12, I understood sacrifice, torture, love, betrayal, hate, undying love from this movie---I never get bored of seeing this again and again. The passion these two had for each other--the love Father Ralph showed to God--his tortured soul of loving both, but only committing to one kept me on the edge till the end.


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Release Date:

27 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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