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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The two contract killers from the series, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Camier, were named after two of Samuel Barclay Beckett's novels, one of these novels being titled 'Murphy', and the other being titled 'Mercier et Camier'. See more »

Connections

Follows Once a Thief (1996) See more »

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Performed by the John Southworth Group
Courtesy of Water Street Records
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A refreshing and intelligent story...
5 January 1999 | by HiBudgeSee all my reviews

Once a Thief focuses on the lives of three people, each with his/her own deep background, that unwillingly become secret agents and pawns of an almost maniacal woman - the director of a shaddowy government agency.

The movie is, in short, a work of art.

Both elements of seriousness and humor are portrayed seamlessly and stylishly. Each episode is an independent part of a large collection that, when complete, is a master piece.


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