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

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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)

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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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Follows Once a Thief (1996) See more »

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Not bad for a knock-off.
25 January 1999 | by D'AmicoSee all my reviews

This series didn't have even three original episodes. Everything was taken from something else, which explains in part why it failed so badly. Putting John Woo's name on the show didn't help -- especially when anyone who knew his style could tell he had nothing to do with it.

Canadian series' are typically low-budget, low-viewership dives, but "John Woo's Once a Thief" had potential. The two starring cast members, Ivan Sergei and Sandrine Holt, are both semi-talented individuals with a history of stealing the screen. Unfortunately, the non-existent plots and ridiculous story lines and dialogue helped kill this series pretty early. Supporting actors Nicholas Lea and Jennifer Dale both deserved better than filler time, and supporting cast member Vicky Pratt certainly deserved a spot in the opening credits, since her character was not only more interesting than BOTH the stars, she, unlike Lea and Dale, was given a storyline.

Anyone thinking of starting a series in Canada should take note of OAT's ending. This show was so low-rated, it barely finished the year intact. Only a few fervent Nicholas Lea fans (which is precisely why they hired him for the show), who followed him from FOX's soap "The X Files", managed to keep this show on the air long enough to finish the season.


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