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Run, Waiter, Run! (1981)

Vrchní, prchni! (original title)
A comedy concerning a down on his luck bookshop owner with a penchant for women who decides to make some money by pretending to be a waiter and collecting cash from unsuspecting diners.


Ladislav Smoljak


Zdenek Sverák (story), Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Abrhám ... Dalibor Vrána
Libuse Safránková ... Helenka Vránová
Daniela Bakerová Daniela Bakerová ... Parízková
Zdenek Sverák ... Parizek
Eliska Balzerová ... prodavacka Vera
Jirí Kodet ... Rudy Vyskocil - spoluzák
Dagmar Patrasová ... Manuela - Rudyho slecna
Karel Augusta ... bratranec Ludva
Zuzana Fiserová Zuzana Fiserová ... Libuse Douchová - prodavacka
Jirí Hálek ... profesor Prikryl
Jirí Lír ... Rozcilený host
Milada Jezková ... Vacková
Ilja Racek ... Opilý muz u motorestu
Jaroslava Kretschmerová ... Svatebcanka
Miloslav Stibich Miloslav Stibich ... Bechyne - personalista


A comedy concerning a down on his luck bookshop owner with a penchant for women who decides to make some money by pretending to be a waiter and collecting cash from unsuspecting diners.

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Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Run, Waiter, Run! See more »

Filming Locations:

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Zdenek Sverák wrote the main role of fake waiter Dalibor Vrána with skilled comedian Petr Nározný in his mind. Director Ladislav Smoljak cast Josef Abrhám instead, because Nározný was typecast as hysterical hothead at the time. Director was afraid of disappointing the expectations of the audience. See more »


Featured in Adela show: Episode dated 8 August 2013 (2013) See more »


Holubí dum
Music by Jaroslav Uhlír
Lyrics by Zdenek Sverák
Performed by Jirí Schellinger
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Enjoyable comedy from a different time
8 December 2008 | by windymillaSee all my reviews

Like one of the previous reviewers, I was lucky enough to catch this gem of a film on a coach trip to Prague when I was living in the Czech Republic. It was the first Czech film I saw, and is still my favourite. Of course anyone who didn't grow up under communism will miss a lot of the humour and references, but generally speaking it has a wide-ranging appeal, and the convoluted situations are really funny at times, especially the incidents with his neighbour. The music is good too - mostly man-and-a-guitar type songs. I wish it were possible to find this in Britain, but foreign language films are a tiny market here, especially obscure communist-era East European films... Overall though, this is thoroughly recommended and if you're ever in Czech on a yellow Student Agency coach make sure they show this!

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