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Thorn Birds, Vol. 1
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The Thorn Birds, Vol. 1

Director: Daryl Duke,

Cast: Daryl Duke, Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown

 

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This mammoth TV miniseries, based on the best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, proved to be a ratings bonanza; indeed, its viewership was surpassed only by the 1978 blockbuster Roots. Set in Australia, the story covers 42 years in the life of Ralph de Bricassart (Richard Chamberlain), a Roman Catholic priest engaged in a constant struggle between his

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This mammoth TV miniseries, based on the best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, proved to be a ratings bonanza; indeed, its viewership was surpassed only by the 1978 blockbuster Roots. Set in Australia, the story covers 42 years in the life of Ralph de Bricassart (Richard Chamberlain), a Roman Catholic priest engaged in a constant struggle between his calling and his carnal desires. The women in de Bricassart's life include Meggie Cleary (Rachel Ward, in her first American TV role) and Meggie's iron-willed grandmother Mary Carson (Barbara Stanwyck). Also in the cast are Jean Simmons and Richard Kiley as the Clearys, Sydney Penny as the young Meggie, Bryan Brown as Luke O'Neill, Mare Winningham as Justine (Meggie's daughter) and Christopher Plummer as the Archbishop. This 4-part, 10-hour presentation earned an Emmy award for Barbara Stanwyck, and Golden Globes for Stanwyck and Richard Chamberlain. Originally telecast March 27 through March 30, 1983, The Thorn Birds was followed 13 years later by The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, again starring Richard Chamberlain.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
UPC:
0883929206643
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
8:07:00
Sales rank:
2,677

Special Features

Commemorative documentary The Thorn Birds: Old Friends, New Stories

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Chamberlain Ralph de Briccasart
Rachel Ward Meggie Cleary
Bryan Brown Luke O'Neill
John Friedrich Frank Cleary
Earl Holliman Luddie Mueller
Ken Howard Rainer Hartheim
Richard Kiley Paddy Cleary
Piper Laurie Anne Mueller
Christopher Plummer Vittorio Scarbanza di Contini-Verchese
Jean Simmons Fee Cleary
Barbara Stanwyck Mary Carson
Mare Winningham Justine O'Neill

Technical Credits
Daryl Duke Director
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Robert F. Shugrue Editor
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Colleen McCullough Source Author

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