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Separate Tables (1958)

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Release Date: Dec 18, 1958 Wide

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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

Dec 11, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

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

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Very strong, controversial (for 1958) drama starring Hayworth, Kerr.

March 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Drama com excelentes atuações (especialmente de Niven e Kerr), Vidas Separadas possui roteiro enxuto que extrai o máximo de sua galeria de personagens patéticos que buscam a dignidade.

April 22, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A touching and absorbing movie that (thankfully) doesn't wrap everything up with a big, dumb, happy ending.

February 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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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.
June 4, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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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,
January 24, 2009
Redlats

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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.
January 21, 2009
hypathio7

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Niven once mentioned in his autobiography that he was never a great actor but he really comes to the fore in this tale of strangers coming together at a hotel initially separated but eventually interacting in a marvelous way.
March 13, 2014
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