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 overview, first billed only:
Prosper (as Aaron Johnson)
Carole Boyd ...
Esther Hartlieb
Bob Goody ...
Max Hartlieb
Malcolm Turner ...
Lathaniel Dyer ...
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Dottor Massimo
Roya Zargar ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 2006 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Gospodar lopova  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film features various sound effects prominently used in the classic computer game StarCraft (1998). See more »


In the fight between the boys and the Aunt and Uncle where Mosca jumps the Uncle, Hornet is holding Bo in the long shots, but in two medium shots (at around 1h 28 mins) Bo is missing from the shot altogether. See more »


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 Eyes Wide Shut (1999) See more »


Orphan Skies
Vocalist: Howard New
Bass Guitar: Joe Henson
Drums: Danny Cummings
Guitar: Mark Lo
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Excellent adaptation. Scipio impresses.
28 May 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Cornelia Funke is my favourite author, due to her natural characters, rich imagination & the vivid scenes she paints. (In the imagination.) Yet I had no idea The Thief Lord was being made & only discovered by chance that it was on release. Very minimal publicity indeed compared to the over-hyped Harry Potter films. As a fan I wondered if it had suffered under the film-makers' knife. Whether it had been drastically altered. Well, there is occasional alteration & several scenes cut, but otherwise one of the more faithful adaptations. I was impressed by Scipio in particular, but I thought everyone was good. The adults were a little OTT, but not bad. Archers fans will recognise the distinctive voice of "Lynda Snell" (Carol Boyd) as the aunt. The score is dramatic & the effects wondrous. I'd rather see this than Harry Potter any day. Thief Lord has genuine heart & doesn't rely on constant flash & show. It's real storytelling for a change. It's just a shame it will be lost beneath the heavyweights of X3 & The Wild. 9/10

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