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The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996)

Actually taking place in the middle of the original Thorn Birds miniseries, which chronicled the love affair of Meggie Cleary and Fr. Ralph de Bricassart from 1920 to 1962, this two-part ... See full summary »

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Kevin James Dobson

Writers:

Colleen McCullough (novel), David Stevens
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Chamberlain ... Ralph de Bricassart
Amanda Donohoe ... Meggie Cleary O'Neill
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bertram 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 Rob Doran ... Blackshirt #2
Zach English Zach English ... Dane O'Neill
Peter Ford Peter Ford ... The Warder
Christopher Gabardi Christopher Gabardi ... Father Angelo
Adam Grossetti Adam Grossetti ... Tony Masters
Jonathan Hardy ... Father Emilio
John Heywood John Heywood ... Doctor
Phillip Hinton Phillip Hinton ... Levi
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Storyline

Actually taking place in the middle of the original Thorn Birds miniseries, which chronicled the love affair of Meggie Cleary and Fr. Ralph de Bricassart from 1920 to 1962, this two-part miniseries begins in 1943. Father Ralph returns to Drogheda to evaluate its financial situation just as his one true love, Meggie, is embroiled in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, Luke. Written by Phil Fernando

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sequel | based on novel | See All (2) »

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A love reignited. A faith renewed.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Dornenvögel - Die verlorenen Jahre See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Meggie Cleary O'Neill: When I'm beside you, it's as close to heaven as I can imagine. But even when you're making love it's as if you're trying to reach something beyond me. Look, it's a wonderful idea; the two of us living together in the wilderness. But it's not what you really want.
Ralph: What I want is you.
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Connections

Follows The Thorn Birds (1983) See more »

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a Wonderful Film very Moving
24 September 2001 | by Simon-159See all my reviews

Richard Chamberlain plays a perfect part it is a very moving Film which impressed me and my wife. the filming must have been very difficult and the conditions very warm but it was very well put together and acted by all.


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