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The Great Escaper

Oliver Parker |UK/France |2023 |94min
Rating: PG Cast: Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson


August 1:5:00 pm, 7:00 pmAugust 2:5:00 pm, 7:00 pmAugust 3:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Michael Caine and the late Glenda Jackson bring their A games to this true-life heartwarmer about the 89-year-old second world war Royal Navy veteran Bernard Jordan, who in 2014 jauntily sneaked out of his seaside care home on a secret mission to get aboard a cross-channel ferry and attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of the D-day landings in Normandy. Caine is Jordan, of course, bringing plenty of droll and lugubrious spark to the role. But he is arguably upstaged by Jackson as Irene, who is sarky and sardonic to everyone. Rene has to cover up for Bernard; she is, after all, in on his plan, and tells the nurses and managers that her absent husband is just out on a long early walk, giving Bernard enough time to get on the ferry before the alarm is raised. There’s a huge amount to enjoy from these legendary performers: Caine and Jackson are a great double-act, despite being apart for much of the film. 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.–The Guardian 

“There’s a real emotional heft to the storytelling and Caine, at 90, is a knockout.”–Observer (UK)

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

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