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The Thief Lord (2006)

After their mother dies, two boys flee their mean aunt and head for Venice, Italy, where they meet Scipio, the mysterious "Thief Lord." Along with a small gang of abandoned kids, the boys start robbing the rich to support themselves.


Richard Claus


Daniel Musgrave (screenplay), Richard Claus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Conte
Robert Bathurst ... Dottor Massimo
Roya Zargar Roya Zargar ... Maid


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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Magic is just around the corner. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Scipio: Everything's ship shape and Bristol fashion with your false beard now.
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »


Orphan Skies
Vocalist: Howard New
Bass Guitar: Joe Henson
Drums: Danny Cummings
Guitar: Mark Lo
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Prosper and Bo run away from an aunt who only wants to adopt Bo. They run into the thief lord and live in the Star Palace.
4 March 2006 | by equality346See all my reviews

Excellent! The book was spectacular as well as the movie! I recommend this to everyone. It comes out on DVD on March 14, 2006. You should most definitely watch it!Cornelia Funke did a wonderful job thinking up such a story. This has a spectacular cast. Rollo Weeks is, in my opinion, the ONLY choice for Scipio aka The Thief Lord.The plot is that with a surprise ending. My favorite character is Scipio. This movie is perfect for males and females of all ages. It was originally made in English but was dubbed for German theaters. So, every one who speaks English, don't worry! You can still see this wonderful movie!If you see it and just love it(which I know you will) you should recommend it to all your friends!

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Luxembourg | UK | Germany



Release Date:

14 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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