The Great Escaper (M)

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The summer of 2014 marked the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings - octogenarian Bernie Jordan made global headlines as he 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. Bernie’s Big Adventure only spanned a mere 48 hours, but it also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Rene (played by Glenda Jackson, who passed shortly after production concluded) – the story celebrates their love with a touching sincerity.

A bitter-sweet script deployed with emotional gravitas by the impactable performances from Caine and Jackson, this classical narrative explores the horrors of war and reality of aging with wit and a very big heart.

Cast: Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson

Director: Oliver Parker

★★★★★ "If you're looking for a charmer, this is the film for you." RTÉ

★★★★ "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." GUARDIAN

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

★★★★ "There’s a bittersweetness to the film that is likely to be unexpected by many viewers... and it’s all the better for it." METRO

★★★★ "Two wonderful performances have transformed this patriotic true story into a touching romance." DAILY EXPRESS UK

★★★★ "Glenda Jackson is utterly transfixing in her final film" DAILY TELEGRAPH UK

★★★★ "a salute to a generation who we should cherish" SUN UK

★★★★ "an unassuming tale about autumnal dignity and the quiet compensations of lifelong companionship" TIMES UK

★★★★ "Never mind the roses, the chocolates and candlelit dinners: this is real love, love when it’s most difficult, when it really counts." IRISH INDEPENDENT

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