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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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Connections

Edited into Homage to Steve (1984) See more »

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Steve Martin, Buck Henry, and Teri Garr provide plenty of good laughs in this short, The Absent-Minded Waiter
17 July 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

While I had previously seen this short on a VHS tape called "Steve Martin Live" which also had his concert show on it, that was 20 years ago and it's only now that I got to watch this again on YouTube. Martin wrote this and stars as the title character who is oblivious to his short-term memory and the people who he serves. Teri Garr and Buck Henry are a couple who order his table, actually it's Henry who specifically orders to be where Steven serves as he knows him. We don't find out why till the end. I'll stop there and just say this is very funny when these three are on screen together and this was very worthy of the Oscar it was nominated for. And kudos for Carl Gottlieb for the direction as well. So on that note, I highly recommend The Absent-Minded Waiter.


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