The Thorn Birds/The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years [3 Discs] [DVD]

Cardmember Offers


Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
Rating 4.25 out of 5 stars.
75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

Special Features

  • Commemorative documentary
  • The Thornbirds: Old friends, new stories


The Thorn Birds [TV Miniseries]
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years
This follow-up to the wildly popular miniseries The Thorn Birds (based on the best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough) tells the tale of a period during World War II that was not covered in the original story. In 1943, Father Ralph de Bricassart (Richard Chamberlain) is a Catholic priest who loves Meggie (Amanda Donohoe), with whom he had an affair years before. Meggie has divorced her husband and is now caught up in a bitter court dispute over custody of their son Dane, while Father Ralph has mixed feelings about the church's response to World War II. Father Ralph takes it upon himself to help Meggie win custody of Dane, but they also find themselves tempted to rekindle their forbidden love. The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years also stars Maximilian Schell, Simon Westway, and Christopher Gabardi. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Chamberlain
    Richard Chamberlain - Ralph de Briccasart
  • Rachel Ward
    Rachel Ward - Meggie Cleary
  • Barbara Stanwyck
    Barbara Stanwyck - Mary Carson
  • Christopher Plummer
    Christopher Plummer - Vittorio Scarbanza di Contini-Verchese
  • Bryan Brown
    Bryan Brown - Luke O'Neill

Overall Customer Rating

75%of customers recommend this product.

Most Helpful ReviewsSee all customer reviews

          Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.