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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

Aspect Ratio:

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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Weird show.
30 October 2018 | by tstudstrupSee all my reviews

The short- lived and not very good show, that along with the downright awful movie: Vertical Limit, kept Nicholas Lea too busy to appear more on The X-files as my all time favorite villain: Alex Krycek. Now I dont blame Lea for taking more steady work, as Krycek was only a supporting character, appearing in two or three episodes of The X-files per year. But I would have loved to have seen more episodes with Krycek.

As for Once A Thief: its really dumb, the actionscenes (despite the show, being created by John Woo) comes off as cheap. No blood squibs , when someone is "hit"(this was back when tv shows were still innocent and bloodless. And lots of slow motion and things being shattered by bullets. And of course lots of badly choreographed fist fights with over the top punching sound effects. Now I know all of this was fully intended, as its meant to be comedy, but it wasnt even funny. Its filled with weird annoying characters, played by mostly unknown canadian actors (not counting Lea's character) which for the most part hasnt been in anything else since.

I only watched the whole season, because of Lea. He is good in the show and his character is well written, but the character deserved a better show. Sandrine Holt and Ivan Sergej, were also good. Jennifer Dale was really good as the director. But the show was not.

I cant really recommend this show, except to fans of one or all three of the leads.


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