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Separate Tables [Blu-ray] (1958)

Rita Hayworth , Deborah Kerr , Delbert Mann  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Burt Lancaster, Wendy Hiller
  • Directors: Delbert Mann
  • Writers: Terence Rattigan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K6D1SAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Travel to the Beauregard Hotel where the eccentric guests all share one common trait - loneliness. There's Major Pollack (David Niven), who hides a dark secret behind a polished military veneer; Sibyl Railton-Bell (Deborah Kerr), a shy, neurotic old maid who lacks the courage to break away from her domineering mother; John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster), a disenchanted writer who drowns his bitterness in a pool of alcohol; and Ann Shankland (Rita Hayworth), whose narcissism masks a deep fear of growing old alone and unloved. In one emotional evening, these four unhappy misfits will bare their innermost secrets… and change each other's lives forever. Winner of 2 Academy Awards® for Best Actor (Niven) and Best Supporting Actress (Wendy Hiller). Nominated for 5 more Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Actress (Kerr) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terrence Rattigan and John Gay).

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Billing for the Entire Cast! October 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
When Separate Tables was released, the agents of Deborah Kerr and Rita Hayworth fought for top billing in the opening credits. It's easy to understand after viewing this powerful film. Separate Tables is a great study in human nature and relationships among people who are far from faultless.
Burt Lancaster displays both intense anger and hopeless longing as his former wife Rita Hayworth comes back into his life. David Niven (who won an Oscar for this role) is superb as the military man with a past. Watch Niven as he is confronted with the truth about himself and how he interacts with his friends and those who once were his friends. The strength of the film is in its casting. In the hands of lesser actors, the film would turn into a very sappy melodrama. I am anxious to view the film again just to catch all the subtle facial expressions that these wonderful actors use to make their characters even more believable. A great ensemble, a great film.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful museum piece from the fifties. July 31, 2004
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Produced in 1958 by Harold Hecht and directed by Delbert Mann, Separate Tables takes place at the tiny Beauregard Hotel, a seaside resort on England's south coast, which serves in the winter as "a refuge for the lonely, resigned, and desperate." The main feature of the hotel is its separate tables, rather than "family style" dining, for the guests. The cast is a who's who of fifties stars--David Niven (who won an Oscar for his role), Deborah Kerr, Bert Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, and Wendy Hiller (who also won an Oscar)--all playing characters who live as separated from the world as their tables are in the dining room.

The Major (Niven) sets the action in motion when he is reported in the local newspaper as having been guilty of "insulting behavior" in a movie theater, and his war record is published. Niven is worshipped from afar by Sybil Railton-Bell (Kerr), a pathetically neurotic woman, subject to hysteria, who is totally controlled by her demanding mother. John Malcolm (Lancaster), was once married to former model Ann Shankland (Hayworth), who has suddenly come to visit him at the hotel, possibly to rekindle their flame, but he is already secretly engaged to Pat Cooper (Hiller), the manager of the hotel. A variety of eccentric subordinate characters add color, and occasionally humor, to the action. These isolated characters soon begin to find their lives intersecting and overlapping, and they eventually come to a poignant reckoning in the hotel dining room, as everyone arrives at his/her separate table.

The cinematography (Charles Lang) and music (David Raksin), both nominated for Academy Awards, provide subtle emphasis for the character dramas going on in the hotel, rather than calling attention to themselves.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy entertainment August 3, 2002
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This is a superb film that stars Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven and Burt Lancaster as guests staying at an English seaside resort named Beauregard Hotel. Each of the guests contends with different problems and complications, but the one thing in common is their loneliness. Rita Hayworth is a woman whose vanity hides her fear of growing old alone. She tries to make another go of her marriage to an alcoholic writer named John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster). John however is in love with Pat Cooper (Wendy Hiller) the hotel's manager. Deborah Kerr is Sibyl Railton-Bell, a shy spinster who is dominated by her mother (Gladys Cooper). Sibyl has feelings for Major Pollack (David Niven) a supposed war hero that hides a dark secret. This is a very captivating film with excellent performances and good dialogue. Also starring are Cathleen Nesbitt, Felix Aylmer and Rod Taylor. This is a very complex and mature film that deserves multiple viewings. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars View from the Boarding House December 21, 2002
Format:DVD
The production team of Hecht-Hill-Lancaster made film history by winning the first ever Best Picture Oscar by an independent with an offbeat film, "Marty", in which Ernest Borgnine secured a Best Actor statuette. Some three years later the group with a penchant for strong but highly unconventional stories scored again with "Separate Tables."
Set in a boarding house in a British seaside resort, "Separate Tables" appraises the lives of people who often are seeking to escape from the real world, as well as those who attempt to oversee and manipulate others. Two of the chief characters in the film fall into those distinct categories, David Niven, who won a Best Actor Oscar as a man who has manufactured a glittering military career and harbors a tragic secret, and stellar British character performer Gladys Cooper, a meddlesome presence who unearths that secret and seeks to have Niven evicted from the premises. The chief reason for her determined venom is that Deborah Kerr, her tortured daughter who suffers from her suffocating domination, is attracted to Niven.
The drama also has a fascinating romantic triangle as an indigeouns element of its plot. Co-producer Burt Lancaster plays an American writer with a tragic past who seeks to bury it in alcohol, spending the greater part of his time at a nearby pub. His romance with the establishment's proprietor, Wendy Hiller, who secured a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her brilliant effort, is suddenly threatened with the arrival of a guest. Rita Hayworth, wife of co-producer James Hill at the time, is from a more socially upscale society and appears out of place at the decidedly middle class boarding house. She is a glamorous internationally renowned model.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Wonderful character actress Gladys Cooper she is ...
All I have to say is Rita Hayworth gives a master class in how to manipulate men! This woman is dangerous. Great film. Wonderful character actress Gladys Cooper she is so funny. Read more
Published 11 days ago by samiyah hudson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was so so.
Published 24 days ago by RoseAnn Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film performed like a play
Great film, with lots of subtlety. Great stars.
Published 27 days ago by Dale M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 star film featuring legendary stars , looking great on BR........
This is a legendary Oscar winning film, and there are many reviews of the film so I'll review the BR as I just watched it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richardson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Story line was not intersting. Acts dragged.
Published 1 month ago by E. Campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie was outdated. I remember that it was ...
This movie was outdated. I remember that it was highly reviewed when it came out. I did not finish watching it.
Published 1 month ago by Santa Rosa Grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good.
Published 1 month ago by Leticia Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cinema
I loved this movie. The character development and acting was outstanding.
May not be everyone's 'cup of tea' because, in this age of shiny objects, the movie develops over... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rocket
1.0 out of 5 stars Dark and depressing
Didn't like the characters presented. They were depressing. I like bright, sunny settings, not dark gloomy ones.
Seemed like propaganda for alternate life-styles.
Published 2 months ago by Jack Hoffart
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Dialog Transmission
The movie seemed to have a good story line, but I could not follow the dialog. The volume on many of the old movies I have watched on Amazon has been very low--a lot lower than... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Omega Murphy
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