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5 January 2006 (Germany) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Prosper (as Aaron Johnson)

Jasper Harris ... Bo
Carole Boyd ... Esther Hartlieb
Bob Goody ... Max Hartlieb

Jim Carter ... Victor
Malcolm Turner ... Chemist

Rollo Weeks ... Scipio

George MacKay ... Riccio

Alice Connor ... Hornet
Lathaniel Dyer ... Mosca
Alexei Sayle ... Barbarossa

Caroline Goodall ... Ida
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Conte

Robert Bathurst ... Dottor Massimo

Roya Zargar ... Maid
Ann Overstall Comfort ... Housekeeper (as Ann Comfort)

Chris Bearne ... Newspaper Salesman

Vanessa Redgrave ... Sister Antonia
Anita Wright ... Contessa
Mehran Khalili ... Policeman
Linda Woodhall ... Nun
Poppy Rogers ... Morosina
Lewis Crutch ... Renzo
Zak Davies ... Baby Barbarossa
Dean Gregory ... Boat Dealer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Breda

Margaret Tyzack ... Head Nun (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Claus 
Writing credits
Daniel Musgrave (screenplay) &
Richard Claus (screenplay)

Cornelia Funke (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Carola Ash .... associate producer
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Avi Bouhadana .... co-executive producer
John Buchanan .... co-producer
Alexander Buchman .... executive producer
Richard Claus .... producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... executive producer
Kwesi Dickson .... co-producer
Michael Dounaev .... executive producer
Michael Halimi .... co-executive producer
Gary Hamilton .... executive producer
Patricia McMahon .... line producer
Daniel Musgrave .... co-producer
Rosanna Roditi .... line producer
Bill Shephard .... line producer
Original Music by
Nigel Clarke 
Michael Csányi-Wills 
Cinematography by
David Slama 
Film Editing by
Peter R. Adam 
Casting by
Andrea Clark 
Jeremy Zimmermann  (as Jeremy Zimmerman)
Production Design by
Matthias Kammermeier 
Art Direction by
Frank Meiling 
Set Decoration by
Manuel Demoulling 
Costume Design by
Stephanie Collie 
Makeup Department
Lesley Noble .... hair stylist
Lesley Noble .... makeup artist
Roseann Samuel .... makeup designer
Consuelo Vitturi .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Tommaso Dabala .... unit production manager
Bénédicte Humbel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juri Biasiato .... trainee assistant director
Emilie Cherpitel .... first assistant director: second unit
Nicola Marzano .... second assistant director
Beatrice Pettovich .... second assistant director
Marc van der Bijl .... first assistant director
Art Department
Boris Bartholomäus .... construction manager
Klaus Bienen .... on-set stand-by carpenter
Daniele Carrer .... assistant art director
Paolo Cusin .... buyer
Paolo Cusin .... props
Manuel Demoulling .... property master
François Dickes .... props buyer
Rosie Ellis .... painter
Thomas Ferrandis .... carpenter
Ulrike Gojowczyk .... stand-by props
Annett 'Gogo' Golinski .... draper
Marino Ingrassia .... swing gang
Ermanno Kerstich .... swing gang
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Barbara Prati .... stand-by props assistant
Stephanie Rass .... painter
Paola Saraval .... painter
Otfried Suppin .... assistant art director
Olivier Wojcik .... scenic painter
Sound Department
Hubert Bartholomae .... sound designer
Hubert Bartholomae .... sound re-recording mixer
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Pit Kuhlmann .... sound supervisor
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Roberto van Eijden .... sound mixer
Dominik Oppon .... dubbing mixer assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Thiekötter .... sound dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alain Couty .... special effects coordinator
Lawrence Michael .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Henning Ahlers .... visual effects art director
Tobias Becker .... digital artist
Elmar Behr .... systems engineer
Joerg Bruemmer .... digital compositor
Sven Bruhn .... compositor
Lars Buntemeyer .... roto artist
Sonja Conrad .... visual effects producer
Jan Dubberke .... lead compositor (as Jan Dubbercke)
Philipp Eckel .... shake artist: das werk
Haggi Floeser .... digital artist
Stefan Gnizia .... software development
Marc Goecke .... digital artist
Bernie Greiner .... digital colorist
John Grower .... visual effects supervisor
Miriam Harringer .... roto artist
Rudi Hensel .... compositor
Jens Kafitz .... texture artist
Alice Kim .... assistant visual effects editor
Gunnar Kruse .... software development
Jan Kruse .... visual effects supervisor
Mo Li .... rotoscope artist
Sebastian Locker .... visual effects
Thomas Marquardt .... digital artist
Frank Mirwald .... scanning operator
Rolf Muetze .... technical director
Manuel Pietschmann .... compositor
Frank Richter .... scanning operator
Sonja Spader .... lead compositor
Gerhard Spring .... film recording
Sheldon Stopsack .... digital lighter
Ralf Wacker .... digital intermediate supervisor
Andreas Wilcken .... compositor
Serge Beuchat .... stunt rigger
Carlos Bonelli .... stunts
Ekenah Claudin .... stunts
Laurent Coin .... stunts
Tidd James .... stunts
Luke Kearney .... lead stunt double
Tony Lucken .... stunts
Christophe Roblin .... stunts
Frédéric Vallet .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... clapper loader: Luxembourg
Susie Allnutt .... still photographer
Giovanni Andreotta .... clapper loader: Venice
Ruzbeh Babol .... cinematographer: second unit
Etienne Braun .... still photographer
Dariusz Brunzel .... first assistant camera
Voxi Bärenklau .... lighting designer
Gilbert Degrand .... best boy rigging gaffer
Pierre Dermience .... pre-light electrician
Kevin Dresse .... electrician
Mick Durlacher .... gaffer: rigging
Claus Gerling .... grip
Arnout Glas .... pre-light electrician
Vania Guinsbourg .... camera trainee: Luxembourg
Sascha Görlich .... electrician
Oliver Haas .... best boy electric
Max Jacoby .... clapper loader: second unit
Graham Johnston .... focus puller: "b" camera
Graham Johnston .... focus puller: second unit
Alexandre Léglise .... clapper loader: second unit
Alberto Marchiori .... camera loader
Alberto Marchiori .... camera trainee: Venice
Robert Patzelt .... Steadicam operator
Robert Patzelt .... camera operator: "a" camera
José Alberto Pinto de Jesus .... electrician
Mike Roberts .... video assist operator
David Morais Rocas .... grip trainee
Laurent Wallerang .... grip
Casting Department
Katja Wolf .... extras casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Akiko Kusayanagi .... wardrobe trainee
Akiko Kuyasanagi .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Christoph Strothjohann .... assistant editor
Music Department
Rupert Coulson .... music engineer
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Joe Henson .... musician: bass guitar
Mark Lo .... musician: guitar
The London Oratory School Schola .... musicians: boys choir
Robin Page .... conductor
Alison Wright .... music supervisor: Air-Edel
Transportation Department
Gaby Meyers .... facility/truck driver
Francois Muller .... truck driver
Other crew
Alessandra Asta .... production coordinator
Bob Bellion .... finance manager
Wayne Docksey .... animal consultant
Jean-Philippe Dumont .... runner
Rus Ekkel .... tutor
Ambroise Gayet .... production assistant
Ali Jazayeri .... production financing
David Junck .... production secretary
Wolfgang Krautter .... balloon operator
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant: Jimmy de Brabant
Roberto Longobardi .... production accountant
Aurelio Marino .... cashier
Tony Miller .... production accountant
Alessandra Moresco .... production coordinator
Pascale Noël .... assistant location manager
Cristina Olivari .... assistant production coordinator
Andrea Porcelluzzi .... assistant unit runner
Joanne Reichling .... production coordinator
Christophe Vincent .... assistant menuisier
Stephane Wasila .... location manager
Jayson Rothwell .... special thanks

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements
98 min
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Did You Know?

The film features various sound effects prominently used in the classic computer game StarCraft (1998) (VG).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 'Mosca' is pronounced wrong. In the film they addresses him as 'Moska', but his name should be pronounced 'Mosha'.See more »
Scipio:Stubble!See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Little Vampire (2000)See more »
Orphan SkiesSee more »


Chapter Headings, an unofficial version:
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Probably one of the best non-American family adventures in recent history., 3 August 2006
Author: Juni78ukr ( from Odessa, Ukraine

The Thief Lord was released in my country a couple of months ago and for some reason this movie almost immediately caught my attention. A German family adventure/fantasy movie with English language and with English actors – all of that seemed quite unusual and therefore interesting to me. At the same time I never heard of Cornelia Funke's novel of the same name so I didn't know exactly what to expect from the movie.

I watched Thief Lord today and actually I liked it. It was really fascinating to see something fresh and different from typical and often annoying Hollywood family stuff. For young ones Thief Lord is an enjoyable family adventure with talented young cast against the background of one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world, Venice. For grown-ups besides that it's a story of bitter loneliness and sometimes misunderstanding which unite most of the characters. Two brothers, fifteen years old Prosper and much younger Bo, after death of their parents are separated. The younger goes to the old childless relatives and Prosper has been sent to an orphanage. But brothers can't live without each other and for six years old Bo Prosper is the only person who cares about him and loves him so much. Desperate, they run away. They have nowhere to go in the whole world and they are heading to Venice, the city that their mother loved so much. But the city is not welcome to runaways with no money and only unexpected help of a mysterious boy, who called himself Thief Lord and saves them from more troubles. Bo and Prosper join him and his team of orphans who find a refuge in a deserted movie theater. Soon our heroes learn that ancient city is full of surprises and what's is more that some strange magical things can happen there. They become involved into rather unexpected events and lives of different characters collide in Venice. We meet a lonely wife and husband, who also heading to Venice, trying to find a runaway child, who was merely a way to suppress their own loneliness, a lonely detective, who was hired to find Bo and some other characters. However, finally for many of our heroes resolution salvation of their personal problems will come in a rather unexpected way for each other.

But the loneliest and most suffering from that is mysterious Thief Lord himself who is trying to keep his secrets inside of him. This key character is playing by Rollo Weeks, who looks very good in his rather complicated part. Both Aaron Johnson (Prosper) and Jasper Harris also left very positive impression from their acting, self-reliance and naturalness. Despite rather short running time of the movie the development of most main characters is not bad. We know enough about them to feel sympathy or antipathy to them and we are not indifferent to them, which is very important for such a story. The acting among adult cast was also not bad with most memorable and likable performance from Jim Carter as Victor.

Thief Lord in the beginning the movie is fast paced and probably a little too short but mostly it's exciting well-filmed film with interesting and original story. The soundtrack one it's own looked very good and it's a very good addition to visual part even if sometimes the music is abstracted from what we saw on screen. And let me to say that visuals for such low-budgeted production were also not too bad. If you are looking for a good non-American family adventure film on English language as an alternative for Hollywood production featuring talented cast, probably you would be unable to find better choice than Thief Lord. Also it's worth to notice that the movie mostly successfully avoids typical and clichéd for American family films crude humor and language.

I know possibly I'm too generous and surely Thief Lord is not a flawless masterpiece but I rated it 9 out of 10. Unfortunately such enjoyable and beautifully shot family movies so rarely appear in our movie theaters or video stores.

And the last one thing that I almost forgot to mention. The title song "Orphan skies" is pretty cool and I liked it very much.

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