The Great Escaper

Inspiring British drama starring Michael Caine as a war veteran who escapes from a care home at the age of 89 to attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.

Time & Tickets

In the summer of 2014, octogenarian Bernie Jordan 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 of THE GREAT ESCAPER 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 – the story celebrates their love without sentimentality and with an eye to the lessons we can all learn from the Greatest Generation.

Oliver Parker, UK, Sweden, 2023, 96 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, John Standing, Wolf Kahler, Carlyss Peer.?.