“Vrchní, prchni” is also known in English as “Waiter! Flee” or “Run, Waiter, Run.” This hilarious 1981 Czechoslovak comedy, directed by Ladislav Smoljak, offers a comedic glimpse into life during the era of communism. Laden with hidden humor and references, it’s a film that demands attentive viewing.
The story revolves around a man grappling with serious financial woes. With multiple marriages under his belt and support payments for several children to make, he finds himself in desperate need of extra income. As luck would have it, a drunken patron at a restaurant mistakes him for a waiter and settles his bill with him instead.
In the Czech Republic, it’s customary to settle the bill directly with the waiter at the table.
“How easy was that?” he seems to think to himself…
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