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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prosper (as Aaron Johnson)
Carole Boyd ...
Esther Hartlieb
Bob Goody ...
Max Hartlieb
Malcolm Turner ...
Lathaniel Dyer ...
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Dottor Massimo
Roya Zargar ...


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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Release Date:

5 January 2006 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Gospodar lopova  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$95,122 (Austria) (6 January 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much of the film was shot on location in Venice. See more »


When Bo is walking along the ledge after climbing out of the window the ledge crumbles. Moments later in a wide shot the ledge is undamaged (at around 1h 11 mins). See more »


Scipio: Everything's ship shape and Bristol fashion with your false beard now.
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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 (Glen Cove, New York) – See 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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