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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  20 December 2013 (USA)
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Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.


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When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins (1964), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers ... Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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To Walt Disney, "Mary Poppins" was more than a book. To her, it was more than a movie. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$413,373 (USA) (13 December 2013)


$83,299,761 (USA) (11 April 2014)

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In the film, Mrs. Travers mentions the flight to Los Angeles will last eleven hours. Her April 1961 flight took place just one month after the first direct BOAC flights from London to L.A., on Boeing 707s. BOAC polar flights started on March 2, 1961, according to British Airways' website. See more »


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[first lines]
Travers Goff: [voiceover] Winds in the east / Mist coming in / Like something is brewing / About to begin / Can't put me finger / On what lies in store / But I feel what's to happen / All happened before.
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Not the real story
8 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney was nothing like the man Tom Hanks portrays in this movie.

Disney was an American icon, whose studio and theme parks have played significant roles in American pop culture. However, Disney was an enigmatic man unlike anything shown in this movie. Disney was far from the beloved, grandfatherly executive Hanks plays on screen. In fact, Disney was known to be a difficult and sometimes unpleasant man who paid low wages and worked his animators to exhaustion. In short, life in the Disney creative offices was not the great big party depicted in Saving Mr. Banks.

I understand it's a family movie, and clearly most people have enjoyed the show. But I have trouble getting on board something that plays very loose with how things really went down.

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