“ The Thorn Birds ” ( English The Thorn Birds ) - a mini-series, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by the Australian writer Colin McCullough .
|Singing in blackthorn|
|The thorn birds|
|Producer||Irving Paul Lazar |
David L. Volper (Executive)
|Carmen Culver |
|In the main|
|Richard Chamberlain |
|Original tv channel|
|First impression||March 27, 1983|
|Last impression||March 30, 1983|
|Number of episodes||four|
The film adaptation of the famous bestseller Colin McCullough tells the epic story of the life of the Cleary family, who moved from New Zealand to a ranch in Australia. Events revolve around the forbidden love of Maggie Cleary and the ambitious Catholic priest Ralph de Brikassar.
- Richard Chamberlain - Father Ralph de Brikassard
- Rachel Ward - Magen Maggie Cleary
- Gene Simmons - Fiona Fia Cleary
- Richard Keely - Padrick "Paddy" Cleary
- Barbara Stanwick - Mary Elizabeth Cleary Carson
- Christopher Plummer - Archbishop Vittorio di Contini-Verchese
- Brian Brown - Luke O'Neill
- Mayor Winningham - Justin O'Neill
- Piper Laurie - Anne Muller
- Brett Cullen - Bob Cleary
- Philip England - Dan O`Neill
Awards and nominations
- 1984 - Golden Globe : Winning the nominations for “Best Mini-Series”, “Best Actor in a Mini-Series” (Richard Chamberlain), “Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series” (Richard Keely) and “Best Supporting Actress in the mini-series ”(Barbara Stanwick).
Preface to the film, taken from the book:
|There is such a legend - about a bird that sings only once in a lifetime, but more beautiful than anyone else in the world. Once she leaves her nest and flies to look for the blackthorn bush and does not calm down until she finds it. Among the prickly branches, she sings a song and throws herself on her longest, sharpest thorn. And, rising above the unspeakable torment, he sings so, dying, that the lark and the nightingale would envy this jubilant song. The only, incomparable song, and it gets at the cost of life. But the whole world freezes, listening, and God himself smiles in heaven. For all the best is bought only at the cost of great suffering ... At least, so says the legend.|
In the 1980s, 4 parts of the mini-series were published on 4 VHS by Warner Home Video, in other countries they were also released with subtitles in different languages. In the USSR and Russia, they were distributed on imported video cassettes in the author's one-voice voice-over in the PAL system.