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Film Details

Directed by: Delbert Mann

Produced: 1958

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom, United States

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Length: 96 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 11 July 2005

Cat No: 10005638

Languages(s): English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English, German
Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish
Interactive Menu
Scene Access
Screen ratio 1:1.66
Dolby Mono

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Separate Tables

Cast: David Niven , Rita Hayworth , Burt Lancaster , Rod Taylor , Wendy Hiller , Deborah Kerr , Gladys Cooper , Felix Aylmer , Audrey Dalton , Cathleen Nesbitt , May Hallatt

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A collection of guests gather at an English seaside boarding house. The landlady, Pat Cooper (Wendy Hiller), is the lover of failed... Read More




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A collection of guests gather at an English seaside boarding house. The landlady, Pat Cooper (Wendy Hiller), is the lover of failed alcoholic writer John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster), whose life is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of his ex-wife, Ann (Rita Hayworth). Other guests include the matronly Mrs Railton-Bell (Gladys Cooper) and her withdrawn, spinsterly daughter (Deborah Kerr), who is fascinated by Major Pollack (David Niven) and his tall stories of North African military exploits. David Niven and Wendy Hiller both won Oscars for their performances.

A double Oscar-winning adaptation of Terence Rattigan's West End and Broadway hit, Separate Tables is a beautifully cast ensemble piece, and it is a pleasure to watch seasoned actors playing off each other to such effect.

Set in the Hotel Beauregard, Bournemouth ('Three minutes from the sea, Fine Cuisine, Separate Tables') the guests provide contrasting studies in being alone. Major Pollack, an ex-army man full of bluff and bluster played by David Niven with genuine pathos, is fearful lest it be discovered that he has recently been up before a Magistrate's for a sordid offence. Meanwhile, guest house owner Pat (Wendy Hiller), has begun a relationship with Burt Lancaster's alcoholic writer, shortly before his ex-wife comes to visit - a study in impassive dignity on the edge of collapse from Rita Hayworth.

Mann's direction preserves the immediacy of the play, while the camera is cleverly used to increase the intimacy between characters, making the film a fascinating study in eyes - pleading, questioning, hiding and always revealing far more than their owners are saying.

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