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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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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 »


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

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20 December 2013 (USA)  »

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El sueño de Walt  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$83,301,580 (USA)
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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 Los Angeles., on Boeing 707s. BOAC polar flights started on March 2, 1961, according to British Airways' website. See more »

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In the finest tradition of movie billboards and DVD covers everywhere, the new poster for Mary Poppins credits "Julie Andrews" above the face of Dick Van Dyke, and "Dick Van Dyke" above the face of Julie Andrews. See more »

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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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The credits also have an actual audio recording of P.L. Travers conversing with the filmmakers like the ones depicted in the film. See more »


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Mary Poppins Medley: A Spoonful of Sugar/Jolly Holiday/Feed the Birds
Written by Richard M. Sherman (as Richard Sherman) and Robert B. Sherman (as Robert Sherman)
Performed by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great tribute to Walt
20 November 2013 | by (Stoke on Trent, England) – See all my reviews

Saving Mr Banks tells the story of Walt Disney's battle to get the rights to make Mary Poppins into a movie. I wasn't expecting to like this but was completely blown away.

It is beautifully put together, is hilarious in parts and very touching and emotional at other stages, but is not overly sappy or cheesy.

There are some outstanding performances here. Emma Thompson plays Mrs Travers beautifully - a cantankerous and stubborn lady, yet you can't dislike her. Tom Hanks does a good job of playing Walt Disney - a tough role for anyone but he seems to suit it, so long as you can get past the terrible fake southern accent which is worse than Dick Van Dyke's attempts at an English accent in Mary Poppins.

However the stand-out performance is, surprisingly, delivered by Colin Farrell as Mrs Travers' father. He brings amazing range and emotion to a character that is simultaneously a loving, sweet father and a man caged in by life and personal demons.

Go see it for yourself when it comes out at the end of November. I'm looking forward to watching it again.


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