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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Bigham ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

HUF 5,824,605 (Hungary) (2 February 2014)


$83,301,580 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


P.L. Travers never did warm up to the song "Let's Go Fly a Kite", as depicted in the film. According to Richard M. Sherman, it was "Feed the Birds" that actually won her over. See more »


At the beginning of the film, the cherry trees in London are blossoming - Travers refers to them as pink clouds on sticks. When she returns two weeks later, they are still in bloom. Cherry trees are in bloom for only a few days so the shots were definitely not filmed two weeks apart. 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 »


Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »


Let's Go Fly a Kite
Written by Richard M. Sherman (as Richard Sherman) and Robert B. Sherman (as Robert Sherman)
Performed by David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke, and The Londoners
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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User Reviews

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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