Saturday May 18, 2019 at 5pm
Summer 1942. Over German-occupied France, a Royal Air Force bomber becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris.
Three of the crew, Sir Reginald, Peter Cunningham and Alan MacIntosh, parachute out over the city, where they run into and are hidden by a house painter, Augustin Bouvet, a puppet show operator, Juliette, and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort.
Involuntarily, Lefort, Juliette and Bouvet get themselves tangled up in the manhunt against the aviators led by Wehrmacht Major Achbach as they help the airmen to escape to the free zone with the help of Resistance fighters and sympathisers.
For over forty years La Grande Vadrouille was the most successful French film in France, topping the box office with over 17,200,000 cinema admissions. It remains the fourth most successful film ever in France, of any nationality, behind the 1997 version of Titanic and French hits Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (2008) and Intouchables (2011), which were seen by over 19,000,000 cinemagoers.