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Separate Tables (Dual Format Edition)


David Niven's Academy-award winning performance is a highlight of this once-controversial feature scripted by Terence Rattigan

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Delbert Mann's 1958 classic MGM drama Separate Tables, based on a Terence Rattigan play and co-scripted by Rattigan himself, is a star-studded character study of a group of eccentric residents of a Bournemouth boarding house who all share a common trait - loneliness. Major Pollack (David Niven) hides a dark secret behind a polished military career; Sibyl Railton-Bell (Deborah Kerr), is a shy neurotic who lacks the courage to break away from her domineering mother; John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster) is a disenchanted writer who hides his bitterness in a pool of alcohol; and Ann Shankland (Rita Hayworth) is an ageing model whose narcissism masks her deep fear of growing old alone. In one emotional evening, these four unhappy misfits will bare their innermost secrets and change each other's lives forever.

Considered daring in its day due to its frank discussions of sexual topics, Separate Tables was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won for Best Actor (David Niven) and Best Supporting Actress (Wendy Hillier).

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Audio commentary by Delbert Mann
  • Burt Lancaster Guardian Interview (1972, 96 mins, audio only)
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by Katy McGahan and Philip Kemp, along with full film credits
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SKU 5035673013069
Catalogue Number BFIB1306
Subtitle A film by Delbert Mann
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1963
Director Delbert Mann
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries USA
Aspect ratio original aspect ratio 1.66:1
Colour Black & White
Sound PCM 2.0 mono audio
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 99 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG
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