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The Great Escaper
Saturday, February 17 , 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In the summer of 2014 Bernard Jordan (Michael Caine) made global headlines. He had staged a ‘great escape’ from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades at the D-Day Landings seventieth anniversary. It was a story that captured the imagination of the world, as Bernie embodied the defiant ‘can do’ spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing.
But of course, it wasn’t the whole story. It was an inspirational but sanitised retelling of one man’s need to come to terms with the lasting trauma of war. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Rene (Glenda Jackson). THE GREAT ESCAPER celebrates their enduring love, but always with an eye to what we might learn from the Greatest Generation.
“Caine and Jackson and their ineffable class give this film some real grit: it’s a wonderful last hurrah for Jackson and there is something moving and even awe-inspiring in seeing these two British icons together” **** The Guardian
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Rated 12A | Running Time 1 hr 36 min | Screened in English with English Subtitles