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The Thorn Birds

Israel:460 min | USA:477 min (DVD) | USA:487 min (TV version)
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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 17 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1983-03-27
Filming Locations: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library - 2520 Cimarron St., Los Angeles, California, USA
Sydney Penny
Sydney Penny
The Thorn Birds
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
The Thorn Birds
Richard Chamberlain
Ralph de Bricassart
Rachel Ward
Meggie Cleary
Christopher Plummer
Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
Bryan Brown
Luke O'Neill
Brett Cullen
Bob Cleary
Stephanie Faracy
Barry Corbin
John de Lancie
Alastair MacQueen
Jean Simmons
Fiona 'Fee' Cleary
Piper Laurie
Anne Mueller (3 episodes, 1983)
Earl Holliman
Luddie Mueller (3 episodes, 1983)
Philip Anglim
Dane O'Neill
John Friedrich
Frank Cleary
Stephen W. Burns
Jack Cleary
Bill Morey
Angus MacQueen
Holly Palance
Miss Carmichael (3 episodes, 1983)
Ken Howard
Rainer Hartheim
Richard Kiley
Paddy Cleary
Mare Winningham
Justine O'Neil / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Richard Venture
Harry Gough
Dwier Brown
Stuart Cleary
Antoinette Bower
Sarah MacQueen (2 episodes, 1983)
Chard Hayward
Arne Swenson (2 episodes, 1983)
Did you know?
Olivia Newton-John auditioned for the part of Meggie.
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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown fell in love on the set. They were married in 1983 and have three children.
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Rachel Ward has said she initially did not consider herself to be the right type for the role of Meggie, instead envisioning Sissy Spacek in the part.
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When the shearers leave Drogheda, and Luke stays, he walks back to the wool-shed. As the camera rises following him, a part of the crane is visible in the lower right corner of the image.
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When Mary Carson is discovered dead, you can see Barbara Stanwyck's chest moving as she continues to breathe.
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Through out the miniseries you see cars driving on the right-hand side of the road. This story takes place in Australia where they have always driven on the left side of the road. Additionally, the cars in the film are left-hand drive instead of RHD.
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Anne Mueller: Oh, Meggie! You've the face of an angel and the body of a goddess, and what you mean is, you don't know how to make a man get you pregnant? What you need is a good education. Lady Chatterley's lover! And Henry Miller, definitely Henry Miller!
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Meggie Cleary: As for Ralph, he'll never know Dane's his, unless you tell him. And if you do, I warn you, I'll be as merciful to you, as you've always been to me!
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Ralph de Bricassart: [telling the legend of the thorn bird to Meggie] There's a story... a legend, about a bird that sings just once in its life. From the moment it leaves its nest, it searches for a thorn tree... and never rests until it's found one. And then it sings... more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. And singing, it impales itself on the longest, sharpest thorn. But, as it dies, it rises above its own agony, to outsing the lark and the nightingale. The thorn bird pays its life for just one song, but the whole world stills to listen, and God in his heaven smiles.
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Photos from cast
Sydney Penny Barbara Stanwyck Allyn Ann McLerie
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