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The Thorn Birds (1983 - 1983)

The Thorn Birds (1983 - 1983)




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A priest is torn between his calling and the lure of a rancher's daughter in this sumptuous epic set in the Australian Outback from 1920 through '62. Miniseries king Richard Chamberlain is in peak form as ambitious Father Ralph, whose turbulent, enduring romance with beautiful Meggie Cleary resulted in the second highest-rated miniseries ever (after `Roots'). This adaptation of Colleen McCullough's novel also earned Emmys for Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Kiley and Jean Simmons.

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1983, ABC, 14 episodes


Richard Chamberlain
as Ralph de Bricassart
Rachel Ward
as Meggie Cleary
Barbara Stanwyck
as Mary Carson
Jean Simmons
as Fiona `Fee' Cleary
Richard Kiley
as Paddy Cleary
John Friedrich
as Frank Cleary
Christopher Plummer
as Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
Ken Howard
as Rainer Hartheim
Piper Laurie
as Anne Mueller
Earl Holliman
as Luddie Mueller
Mare Winningham
as Justine O'Neill
Bryan Brown
as Luke O'Neill
Philip Anglim
as Dane O'Neill
Sydney Penny
as Young Meggie Cleary
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Series Details

TV Network: ABC
Genre: Drama
Executive Producers: Edward Lewis, David L. Wolper
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