Separate Tables (Blu-ray)

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Description

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 Other guests include the matronly Mrs Railton-Bell (Gladys Cooper) and her withdrawn, spinsterly daughter (Deborah Kerr), who is fascinated by Major Pollack (David Niven) and his tall stories of North African military exploits.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.

Product Details

Barcode
5035673013069
Department
Movies & TV
Released
20 Aug 2018
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Modern Classic
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
BFI
Number of Discs
2
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
95 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Separate Tables
Release Year
1958
Running Time
100 min
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Dramas / Character Study / Classic / Psychodrama / Recommended / Stage Play / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$7.0 million
Ratings
IMDb
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
65% 77%
Synopsis
This film version of Terence Rattigan's 1955 West End hit features a stellar ensemble cast. The film follows the interplay of a group of lonely characters who are staying at a slightly shabby seaside hotel in Bournemouth. The term "separate tables" refers to the practice of seating single guests at their own tables in the dining room, and serves as a metaphor for the characters' fear of intimacy. Major Pollack (David Niven) is a retired officer who likes to wax eloquent about fanciful acts of heroism in WWII North Africa, and Sybil Railton-Bell (Deborah Kerr) is a repressed spinster boxed in by an oppressive mother (Gladys Cooper). John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster), a cynical, hard-drinking, occasional writer, is surprised by the sudden arrival of his ex-wife Ann (Rita Hayworth). Though Ann's legendary beauty is dimmed by age, Ann and John both reach tentatively for some human contact. SEPARATE TABLES, a work that now seems relatively tame, was controversial in its day for attempting to deal with sexual problems, however obliquely. The all-star cast is excellent, but it is the genius of Wendy Hiller, in a small part, that steals the show.
Notes
A Hecht-Hill-Lancaster production.

Additional cast: May Hallatt (Miss Meacham), Priscilla Morgan (Doreen), Hilda Plowright (Mabel).

Additional credits: Charles Ennis (editor).

Eric Portman and Margaret Leighton starred in the theatrical production.

The term "separate tables" in the title describes the hotel's policy of seating guests at different tables in the dining room.
Poster
Poster for Separate Tables
Cast & Crew
Director
Delbert Mann
Star
David Niven / Felix Aylmer / Gladys Cooper / Rita Hayworth / Wendy Hiller / Deborah Kerr / Burt Lancaster / Cathleen Nesbitt / Rod Taylor
Screenwriter
John Gay
Source Writer
Terence Rattigan / Author: Terence Rattigan
Composer
David Raksin
Producer
Harold Hecht
Director of Photography
Charles Lang

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Actor
Winner: 1958 - David Niven
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: 1958 - Wendy Hiller