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The Thief Lord (2006)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  5 January 2006 (Germany)
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A tale about two young boys, Prosper and Bo, who flee to Venice after being orphaned and dumped in the care of a cruel auntie. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys are ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Prosper (as Aaron Johnson)
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Bo
Carole Boyd ...
Esther Hartlieb
Bob Goody ...
Max Hartlieb
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Malcolm Turner ...
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Lathaniel Dyer ...
Alexei Sayle ...
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Ida
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Conte
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Dottor Massimo
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Maid
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A tale about two young boys, Prosper and Bo, who flee to Venice after being orphaned and dumped in the care of a cruel auntie. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys are befriended by a gang of young urchins and their enigmatic leader, the Thief Lord. From their home base of an old cinema theater, the children steal from the rich to support themselves and soon capture the interest of a bumbling detective. However, a greater threat to the children is something from a forgotten past-- a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself. Written by Kasey and Toby

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$1,300,487 (Germany) (6 January 2006)

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£116,643 (UK) (26 May 2006)
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Trivia

When Ida takes the gang to the convent to speak with Sister Antonia about the wing, a white horse gallops across the courtyard. In the first shot (54:04 to 54:07) it has a unicorn's horn, but in the second shot (54:09 to 54:11) it does not, though it is hard to see without slow-motion or freeze-frame. This was probably done to reduce animation costs, but could have been done to indicate that others do not necessarily see what Bo sees. See more »

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At the end, when Mosca, Riccio, and Scipio are in the little boat. It first shows it as a red colored boat. Then in the next scene it's orange again. See more »

Quotes

Barbarossa: [now a child] Look at what's happened to me! I'm a respected man!
Scipio: Can I at least recommend a better tailor?
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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Orphan Skies
Vocalist: Howard New
Bass Guitar: Joe Henson
Drums: Danny Cummings
Guitar: Mark Lo
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Very good "family" film is actually a "lost" gem that everyone will probably enjoy
23 September 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Cornelia Funke's novel has been turned into a very good "family" film. How I hate to use that term but unfortunately its true. This is the story of a couple of orphans who high tail it to Venice in search of the magic that their mother always spoke about. Their they fall in with the "Thief Lord" and his band of orphans who steal in order to survive.

This is a really good movie. I really do like it a great deal. The film is well acted by all concerned. It has great effects and is extremely well made in pretty much every area. And that is what was wrong with the film, it looks too good. Everything is picture perfect and neat. I don't think I've ever seen a film where Venice ever looked this neat and clean. It takes the film out of being very real to being a a bit of lets put on a show. Its a grand and very enjoyable show, but its a show who's technical excellence keeps you at arms distance. Maybe its just a bit of disappointment on my part, I wanted to fall into this film and enjoy it from on the inside, instead I was forced to see it through a looking glass of picture perfect perfection.

Still see this movie. If you have kids sit them down and show them this movie, it will keep everyone entertained. Its a film that people should be seeing and talking about since its too good to have get lost and disappear.

7.5 out of 10.


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