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The Thorn Birds 

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,... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
...  Ralph de Bricassart 4 episodes, 1983
...  Meggie Cleary 4 episodes, 1983
...  Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese 4 episodes, 1983
...  Luke O'Neill 4 episodes, 1983
...  Bob Cleary 4 episodes, 1983
...  Judy 4 episodes, 1983
...  Pete 4 episodes, 1983
...  Alastair MacQueen 4 episodes, 1983
...  Mary Carson 4 episodes, 1983
...  Fiona 'Fee' Cleary 3 episodes, 1983
...  Anne Mueller 3 episodes, 1983
...  Luddie Mueller 3 episodes, 1983
...  Dane O'Neill 3 episodes, 1983
...  Frank Cleary 3 episodes, 1983
Stephen W. Burns ...  Jack Cleary 3 episodes, 1983
Bill Morey ...  Angus MacQueen 3 episodes, 1983
...  Miss Carmichael 3 episodes, 1983
...  Mrs. Smith 3 episodes, 1983
...  Rainer Hartheim 2 episodes, 1983
...  Paddy Cleary 2 episodes, 1983
...  Justine O'Neill 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Venture ...  Harry Gough 2 episodes, 1983
...  Stuart Cleary 2 episodes, 1983
...  Sarah MacQueen 2 episodes, 1983
...  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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Desire. Passion. Scandal. See more »

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27 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Olivia Newton-John auditioned for the part of Meggie. 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

Meggie Cleary: As for Ralph, he'll never know Dane's his, unless you tell him. And if you do, I warn you, I'll be as merciful to you, as you've always been to me!
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Referenced in Something Beneath (2007) See more »

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Forbidden Love
Written and Performed by Henry Mancini
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Presentation of how a true love can last forever
22 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie first time when I was 16. I didn't understand it at first, but after that I got the novel and read it all over in 3 days. I have a VHS copy of this movie at home and I usually watch it twice a year (It means that I have nearly watched it more than 20 times). Every time I watch it I can't give any breaks! Last night I watched it till the end again until 6am... It always makes me sad and I can't stop my emotions, I cry (together with smiles) for a forbidden love.... especially the last 30 minutes of the movie.

Very great movie with a wonderful music, the best movie I have ever seen in my life, I always have recommended it for all my friends and the people who believe in existence of a true love. I am going to buy the DVD version of this movie for myself, although I have VHS version of it.

I always adore the acting of both Richard (Ralph) and Rachel (Maggie). Both of them have done best in this movie and I have become to love Rachel Ward since I saw this movie.

I hope the people who read my comment have seen the movie. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend you to hire it and watch it till the end at least once in your life time.


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