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Once a Thief 

The misadventures of a gang of Canadian spies, agents, criminals and mobsters, including three spies, an enigmatic director and two grim-faced assassins.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ivan Sergei ...  Mac Ramsey 23 episodes, 1996-1998
Sandrine Holt ...  Li Ann Tsei 23 episodes, 1996-1998
Nicholas Lea ...  Victor Mansfield 23 episodes, 1996-1998
Jennifer Dale ...  The Director 23 episodes, 1996-1998
Howard Dell ...  Agent Dobrinsky 15 episodes, 1997-1998
Greg Kramer Greg Kramer ...  Murphy 11 episodes, 1997-1998
Julian Richings ...  Camier 11 episodes, 1997-1998
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Storyline

Mac, LiAnn, and Vic are recruited by a top-secret government agency, working out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They have many (mis)adventures together, and soon, they are joined by Jackie Janczyk, a teenage mob boss. Written by Sally <biographies@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some strong violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Alliance Communications

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Woo's Once a Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Runtime:

(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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References to Samuel Beckett's work appear frequently in Once A Thief. Murphy and Camier are named for Beckett's book Mercier et Camier for example, and a subplot in which they are both made to wait for a fellow assassin beside a tree and they contemplate hanging him is a parody of Beckett's play Waiting For Godot. See more »

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Followed by Once a Thief: Family Business (1998) See more »

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Don't Bother
21 August 1999 | by rudyardkSee all my reviews

A sad case of a series being created to cash in on a name. John Woo had very little to do with "John Woo's Once A Thief"; he certainly didn't direct any of the episodes. Consequently, the action sequences one might expect from a John Woo project were lacking -- which is actually no surprise considering the constraints of a television shooting schedule. However, it was the writing of the show that was the real villain. Viewers got treated to the worst features of lowbrow action flicks (shallow characters, absurd dialogue, implausible situations, leaden pacing), and none of the compensatory strengths (a sense of humour about it all).

Towards the end of the series, the writing got a little better, and a couple of episodes were almost passably entertaining in a campy sort of way. But it was too little, too late, and the series mercifully came to an end after 22 episodes.


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