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The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977)

Bernie Cates requests the services of the most absent-minded waiter he's ever seen, who pours water before setting the glasses, endlessly repeats questions, brings wrong orders, and ruins everything- but the bill.

Director:

Carl Gottlieb

Writer:

Steve Martin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Martin ... Steven
Buck Henry ... Bernie Cates
Teri Garr ... Susan Cates
Ivor Barry Ivor Barry ... Carl
Naomi Stevens ... Naomi
Peter Elbling ... Cook #1
Kurt Taylor Kurt Taylor ... Cook
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Cook (as Dan Barrows)
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Storyline

Steven, a clumsy man with the memory of a goldfish, works as a waiter at a fancy restaurant downtown. When the happily-married couple of Bernie and Susan arrive for dinner, the most absent-minded waiter in the world will do everything in his power to offer an unforgettable and profoundly gratifying experience. Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Den fjollede tjener See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Trivia

This short film was shown at Steve Martin's stand-up shows before Martin went on stage. See more »

Quotes

Steven, The Waiter: All right, here's your drink order. One-two-three-four-five-six martinis, and your lard omelet.
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Connections

Edited into Homage to Steve (1984) See more »

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Very humorous early short that showcases Martin's talents
13 November 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

This was previewed for audiences on PBS' recent Mark Twain award to Steve Martin. (Which was a very entertaining presentation in itself.) It stars Martin (he also wrote the script) as a forgetful waiter serving Bernie (Buck Henry) and his wife/girlfriend. Steven the Waiter can't remember anything and continually asks the same questions - "Would you like anything to drink?" "Anything to drink?" "Anything to drink?" Then he brings six martinis and a lard omelet - which they didn't even order to begin with.

He brings out the desserts before the main courses, and so on and so forth.

This was presented at the awards show as the Oscar winner of 1977 for Best Short Feature. I'm not sure if it's Oscar-worthy but Martin IS very funny in it and his physical and intellectual humor is already beginning to take form in film at an early age. His stand-up shows were already hilarious and this was just another transition for him to the big screen.

If you're a fan of Martin, I highly recommend this. Also worth noting is that it was directed by Carl Gottlieb, who had a role in the movie "JAWS" and - if I'm not mistaken - helped write various forms of the screenplay.


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