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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,... See full summary »
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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The Thorn Birds See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First Australian television mini-series set in the Australian bush for actress Rachel Ward. The second would be 'Rain Shadow' (2007) which was made and first released around twenty-four years later. See more »

Goofs

When Mary Carson is discovered dead, you can see Barbara Stanwyck's chest moving as she continues to breathe. See more »

Quotes

Anne Mueller: Oh, Meggie! You've the face of an angel and the body of a goddess, and what you mean is, you don't know how to make a man get you pregnant? What you need is a good education. Lady Chatterley's lover! And Henry Miller, definitely Henry Miller!
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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

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THe Thorn Birds Theme
Written and Performed by Henry Mancini
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The Thorn Birds was an absolute wonder!
4 April 2006 | by elviradatious589See all my reviews

A story of life changing decisions and love, ripped apart by ambition. A love so pure, so desirable, it's forbidden. The Thorn Birds speaks of true decisions...true love.

The cast was a wonder. Richard Chamberlain playing Father Ralph was brilliant. Rachel Ward playing Meggie Cleary was marvelous. And the others in their own part was superb. I cannot imagine any others playing their characters as well as they did. What I saw in them that I did not in other films, was pure dedication. And that's what makes it a cast like no other. (But really seeing them as if the part they played was meant for them.)

This story is so much more than what it seems. It's hate, passion, and love all developed by the difficulties of growing up in addition to simply living life. What each of the characters go through is significant and should be watched alongside the main idea.

Seeing this miniseries at the age of 17, I can safely say that it is a masterpiece. I compare it to an artist's second canvas of painting. The first will definitely have mistakes. And even though you correct those mistakes the second time around, there's bound to be a few more. And still, it's acceptable. The little mistakes made are what makes it resplendent.

I can only hope that if you ever obtain an opportunity to see this, you do not pass it off. You will watch it with a smile on your face, tears in your eyes, and always with passion in your heart. I can be certain that you will not only watch it once, but various more times. It's one of those miniseries/film that you will not be able to let go of...ever!

It goes without saying that I found it amazing! And definitely my favorite.


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