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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 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 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 in her final role) – The Great Escaper celebrates their enduring love but always with an eye to the lessons we might learn from the Greatest Generation.

For that reason, it in tandem explores – particularly through Jackson’s superb performance as Rene – the privilege of making it to old age, especially with someone you love.

The Australian

A moving and surprisingly nuanced drama offering far more than flag-waving nostalgia. Superb performances from Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson…

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British DramaComedy
Runtime 96 minutes
Rated PG
Directed By Oliver Parker
Starring Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, Wolf Kahler
Language English


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