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These family secrets, and the turbulent emotions of Meggie's teenaged daughter Justine, create enough familial tension to fill The Missing Years with the kind of ripe, involving melodrama that fueled the original miniseries. Accepted on its own merits, this is a respectable, above-average TV production, bolstered by the fine performances of Chamberlian and especially Donohoe, who intelligently plays Meggie with warmth, inner torment, and plucky tenacity, making the role fully her own. The sweeping wall-to-wall score is excessively manipulative in its attempt to elevate The Missing Years to Gone with the Wind proportions, and some viewers may question the integrity of a plot (bearing no relation to Colleen McCullough's bestselling novel) that forces a noble priest to solve his dilemma with a vengeful fistfight. Still, this is an eminently watchable TV romance that can stand on its own, without the long shadow of its much-beloved predecessor. --Jeff Shannon
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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!
Fee has turned into a sort of stereotypic grandmother figure, very preachy and nosy and chatty, very concerned with people having children, since life is meaningless without them according to her... who IS this woman?
Meggie goes back to Luke, totally negating one of the most powerful lines in the original miniseries: "You didn't love me enough to see that I could NEVER go back to Luke or any other man after you!" The sense of tragic, undying love and passion between Ralph and Meggie isn't present in this movie as it was in the first. Surprisingly, though, it's more satisfying in a way than the original because the one thing that you're dying to hear actually gets spoken.
In spite of the inaccuracies, I did watch both parts of it. I love the story so much that even this mangled rendition of it was worth seeing one time.
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Enjoyed it very much but so difficult to think of anyone else playing the part of Meggie. R. Chamberlian as always was good to look at.Published 5 months ago by Ginny
The Thorn Birds book and miniseries are favorites of mine. I was very happy when I ran across "The Missing Years". I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathy Boley
At first I thought I would not like this because of the different actors for some of the main roles, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it very believable to fill in the gap... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm obsessed with the 1983 mini-series version of "Thorn Birds" starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward...the book is also one of my classic favorites. Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. Smith
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