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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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Mr. Belhatchett
Aunt Ellie


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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Where her book ended, their story began. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

El sueño de Walt  »

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the Sherman Brothers are at the piano playing 'A Spoonful of Sugar' and have perfected the tune, Walt is heard coughing in the background and Don says 'Man is in the forest' before he comes through the door. This is what Disney employees used to say when they heard Walt Disney coming down the hallway. It is a line from Bambi (1942). See more »


The bike at the end of the movie in London leaning against the fence has modern reflectors on its pedals. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

The first part of the credits contain actual photographs from the Mary Poppins (1964) premiere and behind-the-scenes photos. See more »


References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »


A Kiss Under the Stars
Written by Marc Ferrari, Daniel May
Performed by Daniel May
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
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25 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Saving Mr. Banks" is an exquisite film. It draws you in with the delightful reality of Disney as well as the triumphantly stark reality (inasmuch as it is reality; I do lack her background) of Mrs. Travers. I purposely leave out parts of the film for the sake of the movie-goer, but let me say how delightful the songs are, the people are, the displays of emotion-- my part as well, as I nearly cried and fully laughed at certain points throughout. The film speaks to me and it feels complete in its currency-- tuppence, if you will-- in taking Mrs. Travers' story and embellishing it with the truth of the creators' (both Travers and Disney, for the part he has in the creation of the film) lives. The lives of the characters-- and I do mean most people seen on screen, in particular the driver and Mrs. Travers' mother-- are well-told and well-lived, and spark a certain comfort and warmth, even in the cold of their realities and harsher backstories. I believe the film has done its job beautifully, and I wouldn't change it for the world. Even the animated penguins, although for me there is still my deep and abiding love for their real counterparts.

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