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Separate Tables (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.

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Terence Rattigan (play)
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Cast

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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ayri Masalar See more »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Alan Bates and Julie Christie appeared in Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), The Go-Between (1971), and The Return of the Soldier (1982). See more »

Connections

Version of Separate Tables (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Impromptu in G flat, Opus 90, No. 3, D. 899, for piano
Performed by Philip Smith
Composed by Franz Schubert
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An Acting Feast
20 July 2001 | by FANatic-10See all my reviews

John Schlesinger filmed Terence Rattigan's famous play from the 50's pretty much as is - there's no "opening up" of the play, and the two one-act segments are not combined, as they were in the 1958 film version. The play itself is, no surprise, dated and rather quaint, though you can see it must have seemed fairly sensational stuff back in the mid-50's, with allusions to sex crimes and homosexuality. At its best, though, it offers a penetrating depiction of loneliness and the stifling nature of English society at the time.

Also, most satisfyingly, it offers a banquet of tour-de-force performances. Julie Christie and Alan Bates are splendid and moving, each in dual roles, and make a fine team, as they have several other times as well. Claire Bloom is understated and marvelous, as always, and the supporting characters are picture-perfect. This is a cast that could hardly be bettered, and they make this perhaps the finest version of this particular play we are likely to see. Worth while for anyone who loves good acting!


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