Film in Village Hall – Fri 8 March – The Great Escaper (2023 12A)

Starring Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson in her final screen role.

Based on a true story that made national news about pensioner Bernard Jordan who in 2014, absconded from his care home in Hove, Sussex UK to attend an event in France marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. After the local Police were notified the care home got a call that evening to say Mr Jordan had been found safe and well in France. He returned a few days later having made his way to the event.

The Guardian review notes:

‘ Navy veteran Bernard Jordan (Michael Caine) missed the boat when it came to applying to attend the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings. But, encouraged by his wife, Rene (the late Glenda Jackson in her final role), he decides to make the trip under his own steam, absconding from his care home in Hove with his essentials in a blue plastic bag. The premise of this real-life pensioner adventure seems tailor-made for a gently comedic big-screen treatment, a chipper flat-capped caper to the continent. But in fact, the film is unexpectedly melancholic in approach, with Caine delivering a gruffly heartbreaking performance as a man belatedly confronting crippling survivor’s guilt and the knowledge that the psychological wounds sustained in battle never fully heal. Director Oliver Parker (Dad’s Army) favours no-frills functionality; both the second world war flashbacks and the contemporary scenes have something of a TV movie patina. But there’s a real emotional heft to the storytelling and Caine, at 90, is a knockout.’

Trailer can be found at:

Tickets £5.00 on the door. (Doors open at 7.00pm, Raffle, Refreshments available)