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 Mac Ramsey (23 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 Li Ann Tsei (23 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 Victor Mansfield (23 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 The Director (23 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 Agent Dobrinsky (15 episodes, 1997-1998)
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 Murphy (11 episodes, 1997-1998)
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 Camier (11 episodes, 1997-1998)
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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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A refreshing and intelligent story...
5 January 1999 | by See 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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