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The Great Escaper

Inspired by a true love story.

The Great Escaper

"Inspired By A True Love Story"

Now Playing! London Premiere!

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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Directed by: 
Oliver Parker
Running Time: 
96 mins
United Kingdom, United States.
Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, Wolf Kahler.
Screenplay by: 
William Ivory
PG; Language

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