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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 bring Mary Poppins to life, he needs to work his magic. 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?


According to an article on the website The Flickcast - All Things Geek, during their Saturday panel, "Working with Walt," renowned Walt Disney Imagineers member Bob Gurr began to tear up while speaking about the film. As the web article reads on, "He, and the fellow Disney legends that joined him on stage, were touched by how director John Lee Hancock and screenplay writer Kelly Marcel brought Walt Disney to life again. Little quirks, like Disney clearing his throat to let you know that he was about to enter a room, have added a level of authenticity often lost in films like this." See more »


When Ralph drives P.L. Travers into the Disney Studios for the first time, the period limo goes over a more modern speed-bump at the guard shack. 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

There is a post credits dedication of the movie to Diane Marie Disney, Walt Disney's oldest daughter, who passed away in November, 2013. See more »


Men of Harlech
Arranged by Marshall Bowen
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User Reviews

Saving Mr. Banks is a terrific, adult movie that will change the way you view Mary Poppins forever.
28 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is much more than and definitely deeper than one would suspect from the 'syrupy' trailers most people have seen. The understory, gradually revealing the early life of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, and depicting how the people in her dysfunctional family led her to write Mary Poppins, is the true core of this movie. I will never see Mary Poppins in quite the same way. All of the acting is superior, and the score is excellent. This is not the shallow, childlike movie that many will expect. I would not recommend it for children 11 and under, depending on the child. Otherwise, I highly recommend this movie, even if you are not a big fan of the original Mary Poppins film.

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