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Release Date:
5 January 2006 (Germany) See more »
Magic is just around the corner. See more »
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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Very good "family" film is actually a "lost" gem that everyone will probably enjoy See more (40 total) »


  (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
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

In the on-screen ending credits, the principal actors' names appear individually, including "George MacKay" (at 1:35:01), but in the scrolling list of actors and their roles he appears as "George McKay" (at 1:35:56) playing Riccio.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Victor:Can someone please explain what's going on here before I start drinking port for breakfast as well?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Eyes Wide Shut (1999)See more »
Orphan SkiesSee more »


Chapter Headings, an unofficial version:
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Very good "family" film is actually a "lost" gem that everyone will probably enjoy, 23 September 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

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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