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Separate Tables (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1959 (France)
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The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables."

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (screenplay), John Gay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Sibyl Railton-Bell
Rita Hayworth ... Ann Shankland
David Niven ... Major Angus Pollock
Wendy Hiller ... Pat Cooper
Burt Lancaster ... John Malcolm
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Railton-Bell
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Lady Matheson
Felix Aylmer ... Mr. Fowler
Rod Taylor ... Charles
Audrey Dalton ... Jean
May Hallatt ... Miss Meacham
Priscilla Morgan ... Doreen
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Storyline

It's the off-season at the lonely Beauregard Hotel in Bournemoth, and only the long-term tenants are still in residence. Life at the Beauregard is stirred up, however, when the beautiful Ann Shankland arrives to see her alcoholic ex-husband, John Malcolm, who is secretly engaged to Pat Cooper, the woman who runs the hotel. Meanwhile, snobbish Mrs Railton-Bell discovers that the kindly if rather doddering Major Pollock is not what he appears to be. The news is particularly shocking for her frail daughter, Sibyl, who is secretly in love with the Major. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Once...Only Once in a Lifetime A Cast...A Story...A Motion Picture Like This! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Terence Rattigan's play was generally performed as two one-act plays separated by an intermission, with the same actor playing the Major and John, and the same actress portraying Ann and Sybil. See more »

Goofs

When John takes Ann in his arms on the terrace, she drops her cigarette. As they go back inside, she still has the cigarette in her hand. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Major Angus Pollock: Mea culpa, mea culpa, my fault.
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Alternate Versions

Delbert Mann did not want the song in the opening titles, and he discovered an old British print that included David Raksin's main title rather than the song, as he had wanted it, being used in a film festival. See more »

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Referenced in Stars of the Silver Screen: Rita Hayworth (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Separate Tables
(1958)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Vic Damone (uncredited)
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What a pity most of today's cinemagoers will never see this very moving film
7 January 1999 | by yorkySee all my reviews

This is without doubt one of the best films I have ever seen. The fact that it all takes place in one small Bournemouth (England) hotel, no violence, no special effects, no thousands of extras, or vast expenditure says it all. Excellent performances from a star studded cast, especially David Niven. It is gripping from start to finish, but by modern standards in a gentle way. A movie possibly mainly for women, but as a man I can only say that I found it very moving. A film I will always watch whenever it comes around as it always will. A classic.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,400,000
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Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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