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Based on Colleen McCullough’s best-selling novel, the world premiere of The Thorn Birds astounded over 130 million viewers during its four-night run on television in 1983, making it the second-highest-rated series of all time. The landmark mini-series garnered six Emmy awards, including ones for Barbara Stanwyck (lead actress), Jean Simmons (supporting actress), and Richard Kiley (supporting actor). Golden Globe awards included ones for Richard Chamberlain (lead actor), Barbara Stanwyck (supporting actress), Richard Kiley (supporting actor), and Best Mini-Series or Television Movie.
Provocative, sexy, and scandalous, this captivating tale of forbidden love chronicles 60 years in the lives of the adventurous Cleary family and Meggie Cleary’s (Rachel Ward) forbidden, life-long love affair with the family’s priest (Chamberlain).
The 2-disc DVD collector’s set is available just in time for Valentine’s Day. — Troy Carrington