The Thief Lord

The Thief Lord

Richard Claus (2005)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Orphan brothers embark on a curious adventure in this limp family fantasy, based on Cornelia Funke's bestselling children's novel. After escaping their cruel aunt and uncle, Prosper (Aaron Johnson) and the younger Bo (Jasper Harris) head to Venice and fall in with a group of fellow child runaways, led by Scipio (Rollo Weeks), the teenage self-styled "Thief Lord". Supporting themselves by stealing for a crooked antiques dealer (a cartoonish Alexei Sayle), the gang end up commissioned to find a magical artefact. Though the events that follow contain a sprinkling of mystery and enchantment, the overall storyline is woefully underdeveloped. Intriguing ideas are annoyingly squandered in favour of constant fleeing from grown-ups, leaving plot threads dangling. Worse still, the acting is appallingly wooden (with not a single Italian accent to be heard!), making everything feel flat and amateurish. Consequently, while the under-10s might enjoy the cheeky dialogue and scenes of adult humiliation, few others will share their enthusiasm.


Two orphans run away to Venice to escape their cruel aunt, and fall in with a bunch of young thieves led by the mysterious Scipio. The children steal from the rich to feed themselves, but soon stumble onto something far more valuable and dangerous - a magical merry-go-round with the power to alter time. Meanwhile, a detective is on the trail of the light-fingered youngsters. Fantasy adventure, starring Aaron Johnson, Jasper Harris and Jim Carter.

Cast & Crew

Victor Jim Carter
Ida Caroline Goodall
Scipio Rollo Weeks
Prosper Aaron Johnson
Riccio George MacKay
Bo Jasper Harris
Hornet Alice Connor
Mosca Lathaniel Dyer
Barbarossa Alexei Sayle
Sister Antonia Vanessa Redgrave
Director Richard Claus
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 26 May 2006