Separate Tables (1958)
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as Major Pollack
as Miss Pat Cooper
as Ann Shankland
as John Malcolm
as Sibyl Railton-Bell
as Mrs. Railton-Bell
as Lady Matheson
as Mr. Fowler
as Miss Meachum
Critic Reviews for Separate Tables
It seems the perfect vehicle for social realism; but somehow it is not real.
How do you assemble a wonderful ensemble and then waste their talents? Here's an example.
The well-made play and once well-thought of film seems to be lifeless when viewed today.
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.
Very strong, controversial (for 1958) drama starring Hayworth, Kerr.
Audience Reviews for Separate Tables
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.
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.
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,
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