What happened to Father Ralph de Bricassart and Meggie Cleary O'Neill during the mystery years not covered in the original 1983 smash-hit miniseries? Now every fan can be in the know. "The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years" p... more »rovides the spellbinding answer. The time is World War II. De Bricassart heroically rescues refugees in Rome, then is sent by the Vatican to the sprawling Australian sheep ranch he though he had left behind forever. There, a fateful reunion with Meggie leads to new temptations and a profound crisis: Meggie may lose custody of the beloved son concieved during the season of forbidden love she shared years earlier with de Bricassart.« less
The Thorn Birds 2 - The Missing Years Should have stayed tha
Lauren H. Lavine | Cleveland, Ohio | 12/25/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Missing years should have remained MISSING. The one part that really bothers me in the original, at the time of Dane's death Meggie says to Ralph, "Do you think I could ever go back to Luke or any other man after you." The meaning of course being that he should have known Dane was his. The missing years completely blows the whole meaning of the line, along with it the premise of the show. The acting was good, and all in all well done except for Julia Blake who played Fee Cleary. I don't think she did justice to the character created by Jean Simmons whose presence was sorely missed. Amanda Donohoe did a great job. She's a fine actor. Richard Chamberlain was his usual charming and talented actor he has always been. Simon Westaway, who played Luke, did a fine job as well. The story itself was lacking all the way around. The only decent part was when they made love. Yet, another inconsistency. When he goes back to her years later, Meggie says, and I paraphrase "It's not been that long just 20 years since I've seen you." There are just all sorts of inconsistencys through out the whole movie. Henry Mancini's music was also missed. All in all a BAD picture. I would have given this film a 1/2 a star or zero had they been available choices. If you liked or even loved the original you'll be greatly disappointed. Spend your money for the real deal and just imagine what might have been, instead of this very poor attempt to recapture the EXCELLENCE of the first one. Believe me anything you think up and will be far better than this movie. I'll say it again; except for Julia Blake who played the Fee character the acting was very good, including Olivia Burnette who played Justine O'Neill, another fine actor. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY!"
If you want the "real missing years" read the book
Eric Pregosin | New Carrollton, Maryland United States | 01/26/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I can sympathize with TV producers who wish to make "prequels" or "sequels" to Mini Series but not "in betweeners". In this film Ralph de Bricassart (played again by Richard Chamberlain) comes back to visit Meggie (now played by Amanda Donohoe) while Justine and Dane are growing up (something that never happened in the novel). She also gets a visit from Luke (who also never resurfaces in the book except in a letter) years after she told him off. Meggie and Ralph are as distant as they were before Matlock Island in it, making the first "19 years later scenes" irrelevant (even before Ralph helps Dane tell Meggie he wants to enter the priesthood). There is also a place where Justine discusses Ralph with Dane though they don't see him, and Justine hints that Meggie must have fancied him, and the like which again ruins the book text/sciptwriting from the forementioned "19 years later segment". Since the original series is hitting DVD next week, and they decided not to include this (being the DVD is gonna sell a lot less expensive than the VHS copy), you are much better off buying it (the DVD of the original that is). If you really wanna know what happened in the time between Dane's birth on Drogheda, and the "19 years later" segment that comes next in the Original, then read the book, there is more story there, none of which is covered by this very "brief" miniseries. If THIS in betweener ever hits DVD, I will debate ALL Pros and Cons before buying it."
Thorn Birds-The Missing Years-Misses the Mark
Kim Danbert | Melbourne, FL USA | 01/27/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This sequel departs from cannon of the original story so, one wonders if the creators actually viewed the original mini-series.
It was a shame to see Colleen McCullough's carefully detailed characters (some of them) bent to suit the plot of this contrived piece of work.
Oddly, Feonna Cleary (an a-vowed atheist in the original mini-series) has suddenly found faith and speaks about "God's greatests blessings" a multitude of times through out the film. To-wit, also, after years of running Drogheda, she is relagated in this sequel to knitting and a "cheery attitude".
Amanda Donahoe does a reasonable job of potraying Megan Cleary-O'Neil. Richard Chamberlain seems to work very hard at keeping the characterization of Fr. (now Arch Bishop) Ralph D'Brickesar authentic.
A portion of the original mini-series is totally ignored in respect to the character of Luke O'Neil (in respect to Meagan's ending her relationship with him) And Lastly, this is really the nineties (well now the millinium) Does anyone really sigh with relief when Luke O'Neil arrives on the scene because (as "Fee" puts it) "We need a man around the place"?
I say rent or own the original and leave the missing years missing in action!"
Chalkbrd | IN United States | 01/28/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Thorn Birds fans will have mixed feelings on this one. It sorely misses Rachel Ward, although Amanda Donohoe does a fine job of acting, it just doesn't seem like "Meggie". The chemistry isn't the same between Meggie and Ralph. It is interesting to see the fill-in for those missing years, but a couple of things don't add up (hmmmm....thought Meggie said she hadn't gone back to Luke after that month with Ralph). Overall, I would say it's an okay movie and parts of it will bring back that "Thorn Birds" feeling, but nothing like the original miniseries (but then, how can you match up to that?). If you've not seen it, you might want to rent it, but not sure if it's worth buying."
Nancy | 09/25/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The original is something we can't get enough of. So naturally when I saw they had filmed a "MISSING YEARS", I got very excited. How disappointing!! The " Missing Years" had a completely different feel, went against most of what the original established, and possessed little or none of the love story we have grown to cherish. Richard Chamberlin is still a delight after all these years, but there is none of the electic chemistry between him and Donahoe that he and Ward pulled off. I would like to think that this movie never existed... "