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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

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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 Lee Stringer ... Artie
Melody Jones ... Shirley
Elbert Lewis Elbert Lewis ... Mr. Jackson
Gary Graves 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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Taglines:

She's got your number.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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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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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Funny and Entertaining
3 May 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Dallas, the thirty-one year old arrogant lawyer Gary Wheelan (Michael Laurence) is a wolf, unfaithful husband and gambler. He works at a law firm and presently he is defending the scum Vernon Woods (Brion James), who has embezzled a large amount from retired people, and Mr. Sloan (Spencer Prokop), who wants to declare his mother senile to administrate her money. Gary wins one bet and when his bookie Doc (Stephen Tobolowsky) 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 Deity 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?

"The Operator" is a funny and entertaining moralist film with a good but totally unrealistic story. Michael Laurence is excellent in the role of a lawyer so full of himself that leaves his arrogance behind and changes his moral values in the end. The omnipresence of the operator in Gary's life is comical and implausible, but forget the reasonable and have fun. See "The Operator" with low expectation and you may be surprised with an amusing film. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Ligação de Alto Risco" ("High Risk Call")


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