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Mainstream Feature Film – The Great Escaper

9 April: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

2022 – Certificate 12

Mainstream Feature

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.

Year 2022

Running Time 106 mins

Ratings Info 4 Stars

Director Oliver Parker

Cast includes Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, John Standing

Certificate 12


The Guardian – Michael Caine and the late Glenda Jackson bring their A games to this true-life heart-warmer about the  89 year old  Second World War Royal Navy veteran Bernard Jordan.

Caine is Jordan, of course, bringing plenty of droll and lugubrious spark to the role, …But he is arguably upstaged by Jackson as Irene, or Rene, who is sarky and sardonic to everyone.

There’s a huge amount to enjoy from these legendary performers: Caine and Jackson are a great double-act.

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.

Empire – Refreshingly, director Oliver Parker ………has created an unfussy drama relatively lacking in sentimentality ……….. Bernie is a proud Englishman, but jingoism is kept to a minimum

John Standing’s ……. RAF veteran (Arthur) who befriends Bernie is the best of a solid supporting cast, though Victor Oshin’s turn as a young soldier who lost his leg in Helmand impresses, alongside Danielle Vitalis’ care worker Adele.

Radio Times – The epic acting careers of Michael Caine and the late Glenda Jackson come to a close in this heartwarming tale.

British director Oliver Parker is a veteran of comedy films…………Here, he avoids making The Great Escaper too cosy, something that was always a risk with a film like this.

The Bernie and Arthur characters both have repressed emotions and events from that fateful day on June 6, 1944, and here is a chance for them to work through something they’ve held on to for seventy years.

Some will find all this a little pat – but the real draw is watching Caine, who plays his role with complete dignity. Jackson, too, is an irascible presence, and her performance will move many.

Telegraph – Glenda Jackson is utterly transfixing in her final film.  Michael Caine is brilliant as a D-Day veteran who sneaks out of his retirement home – but the late actress is a force of nature to the last

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9 April
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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