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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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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Steve Martin reprises the waiter role in The Muppet Movie (1979). 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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Edited into Homage to Steve (1984) See more »

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Pure Martin
12 February 2002 | by aprile22See all my reviews

This is the kind of genius timing that Steve Martin is known for. The scene, however small, is a great example of the perfection of Martin's early stuff. Elements: Timing, extenuating circumstances, through line, immediacy, wonderful tactics, very clear obstacles and a perfect sense of doing it for the first time.


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