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Once a Thief (1996)

Set in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the story follows Mac Ramsey and Li Ann Tsei, lovers and professional thieves who are separated while fleeing the powerful Hong Kong underworld crime lord ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Li Ann Tsei
... Mac Ramsey
... Victor Mansfield
... The Godfather
... Michael Tang
... Robertson Graves
... The Director
Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Dobrinsky
Greg Chan ... Dance MC
Young Ryu ... Li Ann's Dance Partner
... Interpol Judge
... Judge's Aide
Phillip Tsui ... Fong
... Mill Security Guard
... Biker 1
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Set in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the story follows Mac Ramsey and Li Ann Tsei, lovers and professional thieves who are separated while fleeing the powerful Hong Kong underworld crime lord who raised and trained them. After being imprisoned in Hong Kong, Mac is forcefully recruited into a clandestine international crime-fighting unit by a hard-nosed, menacing Director. He is teamed in Vancouver with Li Ann, who thought Mac was dead, and her new fiancé Victor Mansfield, an ex-cop who is attracted to the unorthodox methods of the agency. Conflict flares between Mac and Victor as the trio take on their assignment. They soon learn that their principal target is their foster brother Michael Tang, who had been given Li Ann as his future wife and who has vowed to hunt down the pair for their disloyalty to the "family". Written by <ndgprods@earthlink.net>

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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29 September 1996 (Canada)  »

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Trivia

Based on the John Woo directed movie by the same name. See more »

Goofs

When Mac and Victor end up hanging from the chandelier, the extension cord tied between them becomes fairly obviously a black steel cable, then turns back into an extension cord once they are no longer hanging on it. See more »

Quotes

Mac: Yeah, people call me Mac.
The Director: People will call you DEAD if you interrupt me again
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Followed by Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother (1997) See more »

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I really gave that 4/10?
4 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

To tell you the truth I don't know why I gave this movie 4/10 ... I really don't, I shouldn't have rated this so high ... but I think I gave this TV movie more credit than it deserved (imo), just because I didn't want to rate a John Woo movie too bad! And although sometimes this movie has some good scenes, it is always apparent that it's made to start a TV show/series ...

It's a shame, because this is a remake of a quite good (not excellent, but still good) HK action movie, that Woo made himself. You can check that out under "movie connections" on the (currently) left bar side of this site.

The actors are not up to much and it's only the few good action scenes and some pieces of the original story/movie that do convince ... Not recommendable!


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