Great Escaper, The

MATINEE FILM CLUB: Thursday February 29, 10.30am. Join our host Jan Epstein for complimentary morning tea and a post-movie chat after a screening of THE GREAT ESCAPER starring Michael Caine.

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.

Commences Thursday, 7 Mar 2024
Rating M
Genre Drama
Running Time 96
Language
Show Times
Thursday, 29th February
Friday, 1st March
Saturday, 2nd March
Sunday, 3rd March

Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior

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