There is nothing like lying in bed on a chilly Sunday drinking hot chocolate and watching The Thorn Birds. Ok, I know it’s not Sunday anymore, but that’s when I watched the movie. That’s also when I started writing this post, sometimes I’m a little slow.
If you’ve never seen this you are truly missing out. It’s a four-part mini series made in the 80s starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward. It has everything an 80s drama should have: passion, feathered hair, a leading lady with a husky voice, even lovers rolling on the beach. Seriously what more could you want? This is like a lifetime movie, but so much better. If you’re looking for a movie to watch while lying in bed in your pajamas, this is it.
Rachel Ward is just gorgeous. And she seems so strong and confident as Meggie. I haven’t seen her in anything else, but I think she’s a fantastic actress.
Richard Chamberlain is great as Ralph. I have to admit, so many times I hated him for being so cruel to Meggie and so selfish. He would lead her on then leave her again. He would tell her that he loves her, but just not enough. That’s just mean!
And Bryan Brown as Luke O’Neill. Maybe it’s the Australian accent, or the abs, or that he’s the only manly man in this movie-seriously, the main thing this movie lacks is manly men, but it was the 80s– but he is definitely a hottie. I think it’s the smirk =). Too bad he’s such an ass, or maybe that has something to do with it too.
The synopsis on my tv says “The daughter of an Australian cattle rancher becomes romantically involved with an ambitious priest, which has tragic consequences for them both.”
Basically, this movie is about Meggie and Ralph de Bricassart. The two of them are drawn to each other, but Ralph’s desire to become Pope takes him away from her. He tries to distance himself from her, but he keeps coming back to her as one of the few people who genuinely care about her and her happiness. It takes place in Australia in the 1900s. It begins with Meggie as a small child and ends with her a old-ish woman.
“But we, when we put the thorns in our breasts, we know. We understand. And still we do it. Still we do it.” This story is about how destructive love can be. How we know it will hurt, yet we keep coming back and letting it tear us up again. Frank, Meggie’s older brother, has a great line. “You still think love can save us? It’s more killing than hate. Hate is so clean, so simple. Like being in the ring. With hate, you just keep hitting. You hit until they stop hitting back. With love they never stop.” I have been lucky to find a good love in my life, but I still appreciate what Frank is saying: it’s the ones we love who have the true power to hurt us, not the ones we hate.
Since it’s an 8 hour-long mini series, it’s not very cheap to buy. I got lucky twice, it was on Encore this last weekend and I was able to check it out from my library because my library is awesome! It’s not on Netflix or Redbox, sorry. You can buy it on Amazon for $24.99 before S&H or tax. But free shipping for orders over $25, so if you buy something else for more than $.01… Or you can buy it at Barnes and Nobel for $24.48. I looked on B&N.com and found it at several store near my house. Or you can buy it online and if you spend a few cents more, free shipping over $25. I am not telling you to go buy the movie, I haven’t. But if you wanted to, there it is. You should however, buy and/or read the book. As usual, it’s so much better than the movie. So much more information. It amazes me they made the book into an 8 hour movie, and they still had to remove so much. Like Hal, if you don’t read the book you will never know Hal, sweet little Hal.I read the book many years ago, but watching the movie made me want to read it again. It is a very long, very sad book, but it is so, so great.