The Thorn Birds (1983)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Religious Drama, Romantic Epic  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Australia , United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Based on the best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, the 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds was set in Australia and covered the life of Ralph de Bricassart (Richard Chamberlain), a Roman Catholic priest engaged in a constant struggle between his calling and his carnal desires. Part three, which aired March 29, 1983, finds a disillusioned Meggie (Rachel Ward) entering into an unhappy marriage and ending up a housemaid on a Queensland sugar-cane plantation. Her subsequent pregnancy is but one of the intriguing and surprising plot developments in this crucial episode.



priest, love-vs-duty, rancher, struggle, Catholicism