|The Thief Lord|
|Based on||The Thief Lord|
|Starring|| Aaron Johnson |
|Studio|| Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. |
Future Films Limited
The Thief Lord is a 2006 British-German family film directed by Richard Claus. It is a joint production of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Future Films Limited, Comet Film, and Thema Production. The film is distributed by Warner Brothers. The DVD was released on March 14, 2006, and the one disc-edition includes a theatrical trailer that ran in theaters in Europe and Mosca's cartoon from the movie itself.
It was nominated for the 2006 World Soundtrack Awards, with Original Music by Nigel Clarke and Michael Csányi-Wills. The screenplay was written by Richard Claus and Daniel Musgrave, based on the novel of the same name, by German author Cornelia Funke.
The tale follows two recently orphaned brothers, Bo (Jasper Harris) and Prosper (Aaron Johnson), dumped in the care of their aunt, Esther Hartlieb, who plans to adopt Bo and send Prosper off to boarding school They escape their impending separation by running off to Venice. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys slowly run out of money. Prosper thus resorts to stealing cough medicine from the pharmacy. He is nearly caught but rescued by Scipio (Rollo Weeks), taking them to an old cinema theater, the home base of a gang of young urchins (whom they soon befriend). The children steal from the rich to support themselves and soon capture the interest of a bumbling detective, Victor. However, a greater threat to the children is something from a forgotten past: a beautiful magical treasure that can change the age of anyone who rides it.
Rollo Weeks: Scipio
Aaron Johnson: Prosper
Jasper Harris: Bo
George MacKay: Riccio
Alexei Sayle: Barbarossa
Jim Carter : Victor
Caroline Goodall: Ida
Alice Connor: Hornet
Geoffrey Hutchings: The Contenders
Carole Boyd: Esther Hartlieb
Bob Goody : Max Hartlieb
Robert Bathurst: Dottore Massimo
Vanessa Redgrave: Sister Antonia