The Thorn Birds (miniseries)

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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 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
Original release
ReleaseMarch 27-30, 1983

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.

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