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The Operator (2000)

A telephone operator takes revenge an a rude customer by ruining his credit rating, his reputation, and his marriage.

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Jon Dichter

Writer:

Jon Dichter

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Laurence ... Gary Wheelan
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Doc
Brion James ... Vernon Woods
Brad Leland ... Husband
Jacqueline Kim ... The Operator
Lori Heuring ... Christie
Christa Miller ... Janice Wheelan
Bethany Wright ... Housewife
Khary Payton ... Teen #1
Lilas Lane ... Robin, Receptionist (as Lilas Edwards)
George Russo ... Tom Gambuzza
Lee Stringer ... Artie
Melody Jones ... Shirley
Elbert Lewis Elbert Lewis ... Mr. Jackson
Gary Graves Gary Graves ... Doc's Enforcer
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Storyline

In Dallas, the thirty-one year old arrogant lawyer Gary Wheelan is a wolf, unfaithful husband and gambler. He works at a law firm and presently he is defending the scum Vernon Woods, who has embezzled a large amount from retired people, and Mr. Sloan, who wants to declare his mother senile to administrate her money. Gary wins one bet and when his bookie Doc pays the amount, he decides to buy a Jaguar betting again. Gary offends a telephone operator and later she returns to him telling that she is Shiva (the destroyer and transformer Delty from the Hinduism) and she will destroy his life. From the next day on, Shiva interferes in Gary's life that turns upside-down and he loses his wife, his car, his credit rating and his reputation. What will happen to Gary? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

She's got your number.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Telefonista See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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When Gary was called by "The Operator", he was actually getting a real phone call from her on-set. The dialing, and ring, had to be coordinated by the shooting crew to fit in the right place with the scene. See more »

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I expected more
14 June 2004 | by LupercaliSee all my reviews

Disappointing morality tale disguised as a thriller. Concerns upwardly mobile 31 year-old womanizing, gambling, amoral lawyer who has a bad day, abuses a telephone operator for giving him a wrong number, and then cops hell from her as she uses her access to technology to turn his life upside down (actually I think that's almost word for word from the video cover, come to think of it.)

This film was recommended to me, and although I can't say the topic seemed startlingly original to me, I still expected a bit more from the film. Instead the plot and acting are mediocre, the idea of a karmic telephone operator who wants to free a yuppie lawyer 'from attachment', and the tired way it unravels is just too predictable and drab. I felt sure I'd seen this movie at least twice before with other titles, though I can't for the life of me think which films I'm thinking of. 'Phonebooth'?

In any case, it's not wretched, but it's pretty ordinary. 5.5 out of 10.


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