Thief Lord, The (2006, GBR/GER/LUX) C-98m. SCOPE ** D: Richard Claus. Starring Aaron Johnson, Jasper Harris, Rollo Weeks, Alice Connor, George MacKay, Caroline Goodall, Vanessa Redgrave. Okay kids adventure based on the Cornelia Funke novel Der Herr der Diebe. Two orphans run away to Venice, Italy, and join a group of pickpockets who live in an old cinema and are led by the title character. Soon they join their thieving escapades. Fairly fast-paced but most of the characters are clichéd and there is no heart to the story. Kids might enjoy it.

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