The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds

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  • Countries of origin: United States
  • Language: English
  • Release date: March 27, 1983
  • Runtime: 7 hours 40 minutes
  • Sound mix: Mono
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33 : 1
  • Also known as: Die Dornenvögel
  • "The Thorn Birds" is a miniseries aired by American Broadcasting Corporation, Inc in April 1983, adapted from the classic novel "The Thorn Birds" by Australian writer Colleen McCullough . The film is based on the early Australian outback development period. The background tells the love story between Meggie, a girl from a New Zealand immigrant family in Australia in the first half of the 20th century, and Father Ralph. The film depicts a fifty-year-long love-hate relationship with an excellent cast. It is a touching and poignant love masterpiece that has won seven Emmy Awards. 


    • Release date March 27, 1983
    • Filming locations Big Sky Ranch - 4927 Bennett Road, Simi Valley, California, USA
    • Production companies David Wolper-Stan Margulies Productions, Edward Lewis Productions, Warner Bros. Television

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    • By Colleen 2022-09-27 23:22:12

      All kinds of love felt from the thorn bird

             This feeling can be reminisced, but at that time
            , I cried after watching "The Bird of Thorns", and I was also very moved, for Meggie's strength, and for Ralph's remorse. The saddest scene should be at the end of the film, Ralph regretted: "My biggest mistake was not choosing your love". Yes, he could have had Meggie, have the roses in his life, be with the person he loves, have children all his life, but is he really willing to do that, in fact, let him choose again, he...

    • By Laurianne 2022-09-27 15:19:17

      The world is safe and full of the law, living up to the Tathagata

          2009-09-30 22:25:09 The

             world is safe and full of the law, and it will live up to the Tathagata.

          Blessed to find the thorn bird that stings him and makes him sing the most beautiful thorn tree... God is Ralph's thorn tree to his son who aspires to inherit his mantle (of course he doesn't know the secret) Said that being a priest had always been his natural calling, not a gift; and Ralph was Meggie's thorn tree, a fate she could not resist and could not...

    • By Israel 2022-09-27 13:42:42

      Some Birds

      In the interview when the male lead was 81 years old, he said that what everyone remembers in the end is the beautiful love story of the male and female lead, but there are too many tragedies in this drama. Personally, I feel that the heroine who is particularly tragic is the heroine. The whole drama is over, and all the people she loves the most have all passed away. The heroine is really not easy, just like the hero said, no matter how rough and tragic life is, she always loves. Not...

    • By Ernie 2022-09-26 10:44:46

      Deadly pain gorgeous curtain call

      I just finished watching the thorn bird and wanted to get something out of my head. I
      didn't see it very much, but it was still a good film.
      I thought it was a cruel story
      . Every character is so sad. Probably only Justine has a reluctance. The happy ending
      is actually why the author is not cruel to the end.
      In the last shot of the plane flying by, why do I feel that it is so shaky? It is so
      tragic that I don't know which character to start from
      . Meggie ,...

    • By Kaitlyn 2022-09-26 01:09:47

      "Thorn Birds": Love is an honest life

      The 1983 American drama "Thorn Birds", in terms of appearance and temperament, is not inferior to the romance dramas of this era, and it can even be described as "meaningful". It's called the Australian version of Gone with the Wind, and I think the Australian version of Wuthering Heights is more appropriate. A forbidden love makes love an insurmountable fence of life and an immortal soul.

      Compared with the relationship between the male and female protagonists, the old rich woman...

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    • By Rodger 2022-10-01 10:17:33

      For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain...Or so says the...

    • By Helga 2022-09-21 04:21:38

      I believe I've waited too long and have too many things to say to this show. ... any why doesn't Gone With the Wind take on a...

    • By Ernestina 2022-09-19 18:07:32

      Barbara shouted to Chamberlain: Although I am old, but when I was also a woman, I suddenly fell in love with this old...

    • By Connie 2022-09-02 15:02:51

      I still remember Mr. Gao Ying talking about the shortcomings of TV adaptations of famous novels and praising how charming the male lead is...... I don't think...

    • By Lionel 2022-07-09 21:06:18

      I don't remember when I watched it, but the emotion of the original was...

    Movie plot

    Meggie's family lives in New Zealand. Her father makes a living shearing the family's wool. But this year, her father lost his job. When the family was worried, they received a letter from their aunt from Australia. It turned out that the aunt was very old and was going to let them inherit the inheritance. After some turbulence, the Meggie family set foot on the Australian mainland and came to Drogheda. As soon as she appeared, Meggie...
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    Movie quotes

    • 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!

    • Meggie Cleary: The day that I first saw you at the Gilly station, you smiled at me, then you said my name. Then you touched me.

      [She kisses him]

      Meggie Cleary: And since that day, I have somehow known, though I never saw you again, that my last thought this side of the grave would be of you.


      Meggie Cleary: And there's nothing I can do to change it. Do you know how terrifying it is, that power you have over me?

    • 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.

      Young Meggie Cleary: What does it mean, Father?

      Ralph de Bricassart: That the best... is bought only at the cost of great pain.