The Great Escaper


Great Escaper


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Tuesday 20 February 2024 at 7.30pm


96 mins

Director:  Oliver Parker

Starring:  Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, John Standing


In the summer of 2014, Bernard Jordan 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 70th 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 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. The film celebrates their enduring love but always with an eye to the lessons we might learn from the Greatest Generation.



"The film, which pays homage to the war generation, revels in forties nostalgia"  THE WIRE

 "The two British icons bring a huge amount of joy to the heartwarming true story of Bernard Jordan, the 89-year-old veteran who snuck off to attend the 70th anniversary of D-day"