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The Thief Lord (2006)

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 »

Director:

Richard Claus

Writers:

Daniel Musgrave (screenplay), Richard Claus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Prosper (as Aaron Johnson)
Jasper Harris ... Bo
Carole Boyd Carole Boyd ... Esther Hartlieb
Bob Goody Bob Goody ... Max Hartlieb
Jim Carter ... Victor
Malcolm Turner Malcolm Turner ... Chemist
Rollo Weeks ... Scipio
George MacKay ... Riccio
Alice Connor ... Hornet
Lathaniel Dyer Lathaniel Dyer ... Mosca
Alexei Sayle ... Barbarossa
Caroline Goodall ... Ida
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Conte
Robert Bathurst ... Dottor Massimo
Roya Zargar Roya Zargar ... Maid
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Storyline

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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Somewhere in a city of magic and mystery See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Luxembourg | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gospodar lopova See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,141,916
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the San Marco scene, Hornet brings out a hardback copy of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart. She carries a book as the gang walks in-line across the plaza (starting at 22:32) and sits in a fence to read it (at 24:00) while waiting when Scipio meets the Conte. See more »

Goofs

'Mosca' is pronounced wrong. In the film they addresses him as 'Moska', but his name should be pronounced 'Mosha'. See more »

Quotes

Prosper: Problems don't just disappear because you've got older.
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Connections

References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

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 dbborroughsSee 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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