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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »


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 »


Bo: Prop's very brave and I'm good at cheering him up, so we make a good team.
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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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A Movie That Blew Me Away!!
12 March 2006 | by movieefanSee all my reviews

After finishing reading the book, I heard about the movie coming out in 2006. Of course I didn't expect much, only because books being turned into movies turn out bad. But i have say, this movie was probably the best movie i have seen in many years. This movie just blew me, and not only me, but my family away. The film was amazingly detailed and explained the character very well. The effects for this movie were just magical. This film isn't the blockbuster of the year, but this movie did have amazing acting, the effects were really well done for a low-budget movie. And, the most important, it did stay very true to the book and left very little out. Looking back on some book/movies, they leave a lot out and some of the movies don't turn out that great for some people. But this movie left out very little, and a lot of people will be very pleased. The movie overall will get a 10/10 because Cornelia Funke is just an extremely amazing writer, and the movie was just so magical and exciting, all people of any age will love it. And don't forget to catch Cornelia's soon to be made into a movie, Inkheart.

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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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