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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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Richard Claus

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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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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 »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Margaret Tyzack filmed a two scene role as a Head Nun that was cut down to just a few seconds of a reaction to events in the finished film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Barbarossa: You may look older, but has it made you wiser, Thief Lord?
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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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Gives the book a bad name
23 March 2006 | by jellyhippoSee all my reviews

I just want to say that I adore The Thief Lord book and when I found out they made a movie from it, I almost fainted with joy. The story's about little Bo and his older brother Prosper. Their mother died and they are placed under the care of their Aunt Esther and her husband. Aunt Esther only wants Bo because of his angel face and plans to place Prosper in a boarding school (it's an orphanage in the movie). The siblings refuses to be separated and runs away to Venice. There they meet Scipio (aka Thief Lord) and he offers them Stella, an old rundown theatre, as a home. There they meet other orphans like them: Hornet, Riccio, and Mosca.

Bo and Prosper's aunt and uncle goes to Venice and hires a detective named Victor to find them, because they knew how much the boys love Venice, from the stories their mother told them. There's a souvenir shop owner by the name of Barbarosso and the orphans sell the treasures that Scipio steals to him. Barbarosso has a costumer that wants something precious stolen and the Thief Lord accepts the job. It's a wooden wing that belongs to the merry-go-around of the Merciful Sisters, claimed to do magical wonders. If I continue, I'll spoil the delightful surprises.

After seeing it, I was disappointed. What happened to the characters? Where's the sparkle? The characters seem shallow comparing to the ones in the book. The movie really did stick to the plot of the book but it seems they were so obsessed in keeping the story line just right that they forgot the characters. Plus, the English accent was so thick that I had a hard time understanding what they were saying.

There are wonderful scenes in the movie that really shone forth. I love how Bo and Prosper met Scipio, the camera following him crawling on rooftops. The awesome escape the gang made after Victor found them in the Square. Victor and his mustache collection that he keeps inside his jacket. The beautiful mask shop.

Maybe I'm just too faithful to the book. This movie will be great for those people who haven't read it yet.


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