The Thorn Birds (miniseries)

The Thorn Birds
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Written byCarmen Culver
Lee Stanley
Colleen McCullough (novel)
Directed byDaryl Duke
StarringRichard Chamberlain
Rachel Ward
Barbara Stanwyck
Christopher Plummer
Jean Simmons
Bryan Brown
Philip Anglim
Richard Kiley
Piper Laurie
Theme music composerHenry Mancini
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4
Executive producersEdward Lewis
David L. Wolper
ProducersStan Margulies
Lee Stanley (co-producer)
Swifty Lazar (associate producer)
Production locationsWilliam Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Big Sky Ranch
Los Angeles City Hall
Warner Brothers Burbank Studios
CinematographyBill Butler
EditorsRobert F. Shugrue
David Saxon
Carroll Timothy O'Meara
Running time467 minutes
Production companiesDavid Wolper-Stan Margulies Productions
Edward Lewis Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMarch 27-30, 1983
Followed byThe Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996)
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The Thorn Birds is an American television miniseries broadcast on ABC from March 27 to 30, 1983. It starred Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer, Piper Laurie, Jean Simmons, Richard Kiley, Bryan Brown, Mare Winningham and Philip Anglim. It was directed by Daryl Duke and based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Colleen McCullough. The series was enormously successful and became the United States' second highest-rated miniseries of all time behind Roots; both series were produced by television veteran David L. Wolper.

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