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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gary Wheelan
... Doc
... Vernon Woods
... Husband
... The Operator
... Christie
... Janice Wheelan
... Housewife
... Teen #1
... Robin, Receptionist (as Lilas Edwards)
... Tom Gambuzza
... Artie
... Shirley
Elbert Lewis ... Mr. Jackson
Gary Graves ... Doc's Enforcer
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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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She's got your number.

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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4 March 2000 (USA)  »

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L'opératrice  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The scene where Gary's car door is taken off by a passing car, was done in one take, with two cameras. There was no stunt double in the car - Michael Laurence did the shot himself. See more »

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Somewhat predictable but some nice touches

It isn't hard to see where this farce is going right off the bat. Gary-the-lawyer-on-the-make is such an SOB you just know he is ready to take a fall. Just how big and how it happens can't be described without spoiling the movie, but the character manages an interesting mix of savvy and desperation as it is revealed to him what kind of hell he is sliding into. He is utterly no match for his antagonist, but the telling point is when he finally realizes that it doesn't matter.

One scene that deserves attention because it elevates this movie above what it otherwise would have been was when Gary, who has gone as low as he can go, turns to a minister for advice. The minister and he know each other because Gary recently had the minister rejected from the jury pool of a case he was defending because his client objected to the fact the man is African. The conversation they have turns out to be meaningful, and comes off as quite genuine.

It is also interesting that "the Operator" is never seen except the briefest of flashes. This shows more restraint than directors usually exercise (or are permitted) in this kind of movie.

The overall result is entertaining, so go see it.


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