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The Great Escaper (12A) (2023) 96 mins 1

Thu 7 December

The Great Escaper (12A)(2023) 96mins

Inspired by a true love story

In the summer of 2014 – the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings – octogenarian Bernie Jordan made global headlines. He’d staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades.

It was a story that captured the imagination of the world – Bernie seemed to embody the defiant, “can-do” spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing.

But of course, it wasn’t the whole story.

It was the story we all tell ourselves to make war and old age bearable.

The bitter-sweet script explores the reality with wit and a very big heart. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Rene – the story celebrates their love without sentimentality and with an eye to the lessons we can all learn from the Greatest Generation.

A moving story and terrific performances from Caine and Glenda Jackson, in her final role, lift this melancholy real-life tale of a pensioner’s escapade in France


An unfussy drama relatively lacking in sentimentality.

Empire On Line

Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson carry this sweet story with ease

Evening Standard


Thu 7 December






£7.50 adv & door