The Thorn Birds (miniseries)

1983 television mini-series directed by Daryl Duke

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.

The Thorn Birds
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 language(s)English
No. of episodes4
Executive producer(s)Edward Lewis
David L. Wolper
Producer(s)Stan Margulies
Lee Stanley (co-producer)
Swifty Lazar (associate producer)
Production location(s)William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Big Sky Ranch
Los Angeles City Hall
Warner Brothers Burbank Studios
CinematographyBill Butler
Editor(s)Robert F. Shugrue
David Saxon
Carroll Timothy O'Meara
Running time467 minutes
Production company(s)David 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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