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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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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

The role of Mary Carson was offered to Audrey Hepburn. See more »

Goofs

The name of the farm is mispronounced. It is named after the Irish town Drogheda. The American cast did not know that 'gh' in Irish is pronounced like an 'h' in English. The cast said Drow-Geeda whereas the proper pronunciation is Dro-huh-duh, where Dro is pronounced like in "drop". See more »

Quotes

Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese: When your rose fell to the ground, I understood at last, the sadness you always wear like a holy mantle.
Ralph de Bricassart: Oh Vittorio, I have tried so hard to get her out of my heart.
Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese: You think I don't know that?
Ralph de Bricassart: Then why?
Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese: Ralph, our God has given us freewill. And with that freewill comes the burden of choice. It is time, far past time that you took up that burden, because until you do, you cannot go on.
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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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Wow... i loved it!
19 January 2005 | by lnchaplinSee all my reviews

My mother was given the box set DVD for Christmas, we sat down to watch it on Christmas day at about 8 o'clock, and didn't move until the early hours of the next morning. I simply couldn't drag my eyes away from the screen for one second. I became such an instant fan that as soon as I could I rushed off and bought the book, and before I knew it, I'd finished that as well! Towards the end of the film I felt myself identifying more with Justine, than I had done with Meggie the younger and elder throughout the film. Fate is always so cruel, how could Dane leave Meggie, and how could Justine desert her mother, and just how long did Fee live? That women seemed everlasting! Overall, I loved every second of it, and felt, as every women does, a very strong attraction to Richard Chamberline THROUGHOUT! I probably would've starved and gone without sleep if the book hadn't been prised away from my hands.


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Release Date:

27 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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