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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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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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Release Date:

5 January 2006 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Gospodar lopova  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,300,487 (Germany) (6 January 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


At the end, when Mosca, Riccio, and Scipio are in the little boat. It first shows it as a red colored boat. Then in the next scene it's orange again. See more »


Riccio: See, it wasn't our Scip.
Prosper: Yes it was.
Bo: And his dad's a meanie.
Riccio: What are you talking about? Scip doesn't have a dad.
Prosper: Why don't you go introduce yourself?
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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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User Reviews

26 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always been a fan of the book, and I was thrilled to find out that a movie was being released. Last night as I had the movie in my hand and was putting it in my DVD player I thought "You know, this had better live up to my expectations or I'm going to be terribly disappointed."

I was not disappointed.

I'll have to say, my only tiny complaint is that Bo was a little /too/ cute, if you know what I mean. He was also not that great of an actor, but hey, he was a little kid.

Scipio. He was fantastic. Rollo Weeks, a relatively unknown actor, did a awesome job. I don't think anyone else could have done the part quite as well. I wasn't even bothered by the fact that his hair was shorter than in the book, I thought it fit perfectly. He was definitely my favorite character. I liked him much better than in the book. Rollo Weeks gave the character much more personality and I had more sympathy for him.

The other characters were also very well cast. Riccio was perfect, as was Mosca and Prosper.

The sets were beautiful, and the filming was done surprisingly well for a low-budget film.

I give it 10 stars. *********

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