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Separate Tables (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 14 March 1983
Arrival of a beautiful model stirs up the guests of a peaceful small-town hotel where most of them hide from their troubles. Secrets, infatuations and lies come out.


Terence Rattigan (play)
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Cast overview:
Julie Christie ... Mrs. Shankland / Miss Railton-Bell
Alan Bates ... John Malcolm / Maj. Pollock
Claire Bloom ... Miss Cooper
Irene Worth ... Mrs. Railton-Bell
Sylvia Barter Sylvia Barter ... Lady Matheson
Bernard Archard ... Mr. Fowler
Liz Smith ... Miss Meacham
Kathy Staff ... Mabel
Brian Deacon ... Charles Stratton
Susannah Fellows Susannah Fellows ... Miss Jean Tanner
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Doreen


Arrival of a beautiful model stirs up the guests of a peaceful small-town hotel where most of them hide from their troubles. Secrets, infatuations and lies come out.

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14 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ayri Masalar See more »

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HTV,Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Anne Shankland was based on Jean Dawnay, a close friend of Rattigan. See more »


Version of Separate Tables (1974) See more »


Impromptu in G flat, Opus 90, No. 3, D. 899, for piano
Performed by Philip Smith
Composed by Franz Schubert
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A Brilliant Microcosm of Humanity
25 April 2004 | by cmf1261See all my reviews

This twin set of plays, each entirely self-contained although tangentially linked in time and space, offer magnificent performances by inspired actors, perceptive dialogue, and a mirror. While the two one-act plays are somewhat dated, the principles that they delineate, including loneliness, a desire for dignity, bitter regret and the search for love are universal, and timeless.

Of particular note is Alan Bates, an actor who is able to convey a full-range of emotions, and creates two completely dissimilar characters convincingly. His retired army officer is exceptionally poignant; with the lift of an eyebrow, the clearing of his throat or the steeling of his shoulders, Bates inhabits the character of the lonely poseur with such grace and authenticity, that he makes you truly care about what happens to him, and makes you despise the hypocrites at the boarding house who condemn him for his shortcomings.

Julie Christie is equally brilliant, using her radiant beauty to stunning effect in the first play, and abandoning it in the second (quite bravely, for a woman and actress known for her legendary face)

This is, in the end, filmed theater, and the viewer feels as if he is actually sitting in front of the stage. While not taking anything away from the fine film version with David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Wendy Hiller and Rita Hayworth, this version is superior in all respects.

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