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Separate Tables (1958)




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Based on Terence Rattigan's play, Separate Tables is about a number of characters and their adventures at a British seaside hotel. Among the guests are an alleged war hero (David Niven), a timid spinster (Deborah Kerr) and her domineering mother (Gladys Cooper), and a divorced couple (Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth) trying to re-ignite their romance despite the presence of his mistress (Wendy Hiller). All of the characters' lives become intertwined in the course of the film as the story examines love affairs and secrets. Separate Tables is a fine, textured drama, filled with terrific performances and was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Deborah Kerr), Best Actor (David Niven), Best Supporting Actress (Wendy Hiller), Best Screenplay From Another Medium, Best Cinematography and Best Music. Niven and Hiller won Oscars for the film.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Gay, Terence Rattigan, Theodore V. Olsen & John Gay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


David Niven
as Major Pollack
Wendy Hiller
as Miss Pat Cooper
Rita Hayworth
as Ann Shankland
Burt Lancaster
as John Malcolm
Deborah Kerr
as Sibyl Railton-Bell
Gladys Cooper
as Mrs. Railton-Bell
Cathleen Nesbitt
as Lady Matheson
Felix Aylmer
as Mr. Fowler
Rod Taylor
as Charles
May Hallatt
as Miss Meachum
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Critic Reviews for Separate Tables

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

How do you assemble a wonderful ensemble and then waste their talents? Here's an example.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

The well-made play and once well-thought of film seems to be lifeless when viewed today.

Full Review… | June 1, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Terence Rattigan's old-fashioned melodrama is well-acted by the entire ensemble. Surprisingly, it was nominated for Best Picture and garnered Oscars for David Nivel as a Major with fake identity and Wendy Hiller as the reserved hotel manager.

Full Review… | July 24, 2008

Audience Reviews for Separate Tables

Little more than a glorified soap opera, one that belittles gossips and gossiping while diving headlong into the same, thereby allowing one both the pleasure of looking down at others as well as the pleasure of looking down at people who are low enough to take pleasure in such common and tawdry filth. Or, in a word, British. All the this is raised slightly by a super cast, simply enjoyable to watch.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It is interesting to see some of the better movies of the 50's. I only watched this as the TV guide rated it 4 *'s. Can you imagine "living" at a seaside hotel for four years the way Major Pollock did?

The movie was fine. When you "live" in a hotel for a long time, and in high society Britain, everybody knows everyone else's business. This can make for an interesting story. I was amazed to read however that two of the ensemble of actors won Academy Awards,

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Another one that bored me. I couldn't get into it. I didn't know what the point of watching these different story lines was. I didn't think you got to know any of the characters well enough.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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