Based on Colleen McCullough's book, this is the Emmy-winning story of forbidden love. Over the course of four decades, a friendship between a boy and a girl turns sultry and stormy as they mature into adults. The boy becomes a priest and the girl becomes a wife. While Father Ralph is a model of piety, Meggie Cleary is a mother with a family. Though they have separate devotions--God for Father Ralph, a husband for Meggie--their unspoken allegiance is to each other. Will the twosome's longings overpower their better judgment? Or will they give in to their forbidden passions and risk destroying the lives around them and quite possibly their own?
Richard Kiley - American Stage/Film Actor
Ken Howard - Television Actor, THE WHITE SHADOW
Nan Martin - Supporting Actress
Bryan Brown - Actor, THE THORN BIRDS
Wally Dalton - American Actor
Holly Palance - Actress/Jack's Daughter
Barbara Stanwyck - American actress, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, STELLA DALLAS
Ruby Stevens - American actress, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, STELLA DALLAS
Richard Chamberlain - American TV/Film Actor, THE THORN BIRDS
George Richard Chamberlain - American TV/Film Actor, THE THORN BIRDS
Rance Howard - Screenwriter/Ron's Dad
Daryl Duke - TV Director
Rachel Ward - British actress, THE THORN BIRDS
Lucinda Dooling - American Actress
Chard Hayward - Actor/"Violent Zone"
Piper Laurie - American actress, CARRIE (1976)
Rosetta Jacobs - American actress, CARRIE (1976)
Edward Lewis - Producer\"Missing"
C. Timothy O'Meara - Editor
Robert F. Shugrue - TV/Film Editor
Robert C. MacKichan - Art Director
Travilla - Costume Designer
Bill Travilla - Costume Designer
Bill Butler - Director of Photography, THE PLAGUE (2006)
Christopher Plummer - Canadian Actor
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer - Canadian Actor
Vidal Peterson - Actor
Mare Winningham - American Film/TV Actress, GEORGIA
Jean Simmons - British actress, SPARTACUS (1960)
Sydney Penny - Actress/"Hyper Sapien"
Stan Margulies - Film Producer
Colleen McCullough - Author Who Wrote "THE THORN BIRDS"
David L. Wolper - American Producer/Executive
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 487
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 883929206643
- Genre: Television
- Rating: Not Rated
- Release Date: June 2011
ABC originally broadcast this mini-series -- already controversial because it concerns an adulterous clergyman -- during Holy Week, 1983. Filmmakers used the Los Angeles City Hall and Saint Andrew's Church in Pasadena to serve as the interior and exterior of the Vatican, respectively. In addition, the Drogheda ranch was built in Simi Valley, California for $2,000,000. The entire production cost $20,000,000.