John Woo's Once a Thief


2h 1996

Brief Synopsis

Telefilm based on the 1991 feature film of the same title written and directed by John Woo. A Hong Kong crime family consists of two adopted siblings, Li Ann Tsei and Mac Ramsey, one blood sibling, Michael Tang, and their father, the Godfather. Li Ann and Mac were orphans taken in and trained at a y

Film Details

Also Known As
John Woo's Once a Thief: The Director's Cut
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Alliance Atlantis Television Productions; Alpha Cine; Dave; Fox Broadcasting Company; Medallion Pfa; Shaw Media
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Telefilm based on the 1991 feature film of the same title written and directed by John Woo. A Hong Kong crime family consists of two adopted siblings, Li Ann Tsei and Mac Ramsey, one blood sibling, Michael Tang, and their father, the Godfather. Li Ann and Mac were orphans taken in and trained at a young age by the Godfather. However, they no longer want to serve in his criminal gang and escape to attempt a new life. Members of the crime family vow to hunt down the pair for their disloyalty. With the promise of protection, they join an international crime-fighting unit based in Canada and are teamed with an ex-cop, Victor Mansfield.

Crew

Charles Andre

Stunts

Charles Andre

Stunts

Mark Angus

Transportation Coordinator

Holly Atchison

Script Supervisor

Todd Baker

Assistant

James Bamford

Stunt Man

Eric Batut

Sound Mixer

Anji Bemben

Hair Stylist

Amin Bhatia

Music

Darwin Bohn

Production Accountant

John Buchan

Casting (Toronto)

Nancy Carrow

Production Coordinator

Bette Chadwick

Casting (Vancouver)

Terence Chang

Executive Producer

Lauro Chartrand

Stunt Man

Mike Ching

Stunts

Tony Chiu

Assistant

Dean Choe

Stunts

Darren Choo

Stunts

Jimmy Chow

Property Master

Marco Ciccone

Assistant Camera Operator

Kristen Coke

Stunt Man

Dave Conway

Foreman

Steve Copley

Foley Recordist

Sandra Couldwell

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Mike Crestejo

Stunt Man

Glenn Davis

Executive Producer

Glenn Davis

Screenwriter

Duane Dickinson

Stunts

Barry A Donlevy

Gaffer

Barry Donlevy

Gaffer

Samantha Dubiel

Post-Production Coordinator

Jim R Dunn

Stunt Man

Nan Dutton

Casting (Los Angeles)

Don Dykens

Transportation Captain

Nancy Eagles

Script Supervisor

Joe Earley

Publicity

Jason Glass

Stunts

Christopher Godsick

Co-Executive Producer

Wendy Grean

Producer

David Greene

Music Producer

Gordon Hardwick

Location Manager

Pierre Henry

Assistant Director

Douglas Higgins

Production Designer

R K Hill

Key Grip

David Hood

Production Manager

Dave Hospes

Stunts

Kevin Howard

Sound Effects Editor

Gregor Hutchison

Post-Production Supervisor

David Jacox

Stunts

Jamie Jones

Stunt Man

Peter Lando

Set Decorator

William Laurin

Screenwriter

William Laurin

Executive Producer

Calvin Lee

Stunts

Robertson Lee

Stunts

Robertson Lee

Stunts

Terrance Leigh

Stunts

Charles Leitrants

Construction Coordinator

Brad Loree

Stunts

Tong Lung

Stunts

Johnny Mah

Stunts

Joe Mancuso

Dialogue Editor

Cory Mandel

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Peter D Marshall

Assistant Director

Max Matsuoka

Property Master

Rob Mcewen

Photography

David Mckeown

Stunts

Mike Mitchell

Stunts

John Morayniss

Business Affairs

Lee Anne Muldoon

Unit Publicist

Patricia Murray-morgan

Makeup Artist

Mike Mylrea

Stunts

Scott Nicholson

Stunts

Philip Nishikihama

Stunts

Eric Norlen

Executive In Charge Of Production

Gerald Paetz

Stunts

John Penhall

Location Manager

Fred Perron

Stunt Man

James Porteous

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ed Poty

Adr

Ron Proulx

Music Supervisor

Rex Raglan

Art Director

Liz Raman-nair

Makeup Artist

Joel Ransom

Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)

Ron Robinson

Stunts

Fiona Roeske

Stunt Man

Sarah Rogers

Assistant Director

Darryl Scheelar

Stunts

Shari Sharfer

Executive In Charge Of Production (Canwest Global System)

Gina Sherritt

Hair Stylist

John Sievert

Foley Artist

Trig Singer

Camera Operator

Songlith Singthong

Stunts

Ula Skaarup

Stunt Man

Judy Slattery

Assistant Director

Brian Smith

Key Grip

David Soo

Stunts

Bill Stewart

Stunt Man

Dawn Stofer

Stunt Man

Scott Summersgill

Assistant Editor

Julia Tait

Casting Associate

Betty Thomas

Stunt Coordinator

Michael Vezina

Special Effects Coordinator

Bill Wong

Director Of Photography

Donna Wong

Costume Designer

John Woo

Executive Producer

John Woo

From Screenplay

David Wu

Editor

Janet York

Music Supervisor

Mitch A Lee Yuen

Stunts

Film Details

Also Known As
John Woo's Once a Thief: The Director's Cut
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Alliance Atlantis Television Productions; Alpha Cine; Dave; Fox Broadcasting Company; Medallion Pfa; Shaw Media
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video July 15, 1997

Aired in United States September 29, 1996

Aired in United States July 2, 1996

Aired in United States July 7, 1996

Aired in United States July 27, 1996

Shown at the Munich Film Festival on July 2, 1996.

Shown at the Seattle Art Museum Film Festival on July 7, 1996.

Shown at the Chicago Film Center on July 27, 1996.

Rebroadcast on The Movie Channel (TMC) on July 18, 1998 featuring previously unseen footage. The rebroadcast was entitled: "John Woo's Once a Thief: The Director's Cut."

John Woo makes his television directing debut.

Began shooting February 19, 1996.