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The Thorn Birds, Vol. 1

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Commemorative documentary The Thorn Birds: Old Friends, New Stories
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 883929206643
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 8:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,117

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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Disc #1 -- The Thorn Birds
   Episode 1
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Disc #2 -- The Thorn Birds
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    UNMATCHED MASTERPEACE

    well, little can be said tjat allready has'nt. the theme song of this movie is very moving indeed. which basicaly sums up the film.. timeless, classic, nothing like it, amazing, moving, wonderfull.. the thorn birds is the mmost amzing move i have ever graced apon. brillent acting, exellent story.. exellent cast.. i love all genre of movie, and really being 20 and male.. i didn't expect to be moved in such a way as i was here.. i love this ten hour monster to bits.. a MUST see!!!! see it NOW!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    GRIPPING! YOU'LL BE ENTRANCED FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION!

    This is one of those movies you'll want to watch repeatedly. Supremely acted- you feel like you're there- observing the gestures, catching those forbidden gazes, feeling the heartache and despair, anticipating the next moment! I watched this as the hit miniseries in 1983 and now feel the need to own this creative splendor. This is definately one of, if not THE best movie ever (the multiple Emmies are evidence of that). Bring tissues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    Where is the DVD for this?

    For one of the most popular miniseries ever on television, I am amazed that this is not out on DVD!! Truly an amazing story and beautifully crafted. I never grow tired of watching it. But a DVD sure would be NICE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    Wonderful and Romantic movie - One of a kind!

    It was a great movie. One of a kind! I wish it will never end. Richard Chamberlain is magnificent he plays the role so well with charm and class. Everybody in the movie is so professional that you feel that it is happening in front of your own eyes. I'am a romantic person and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    una pelicula muy interesante y romantica

    esta pelicula la vi en mis años de estudiante y me parecio muy bien llevada la historia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    the best tv mini-series ever

    Meggie was a Cleary and Mary Carson was her Aunt. Other than that your review is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2001

    Totally Amazing

    I don't think I can ever describe ''The Thorn Birds'' mini series to you. You just have to see it for yourself. The Thorn Birds movie is one of though rare movie which will imprint deeply in your mind and heart. I truly wish it doesn't end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2001

    My favourite movie of any kind!!!

    Brilliantly performed by all actors. Touching and remains with you forever. It lets you feel as if you are on a one-on-one basis with the characters. Excellent theme plot, conclusion, albeit sad.

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