The Great Escaper

Kings Arms, Paul

Thursday 22nd of February, 2024
2:00 pm

Director: Oliver Parker
Writer: William Ivory
Stars: Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, Laura Marcus

The Story:

In the summer of 2014 — the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings — octogenarian Bernie Jordan (Michael Caine) 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 Irene (Glenda Jackson) — the story celebrates their love without sentimentality and with an eye to the lessons we can all learn from the Greatest Generation.

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