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Mary Poppins (1964)

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In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

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Robert Stevenson

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Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) (as Don Da Gradi) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Mary Poppins
Dick Van Dyke ... Bert / Mr. Dawes Senior (as Navckid Keyd)
David Tomlinson ... Mr. George W. Banks
Glynis Johns ... Mrs. Winnifred Banks
Hermione Baddeley ... Ellen - Maid
Reta Shaw ... Mrs. Brill - Cook
Karen Dotrice ... Jane Banks
Matthew Garber ... Michael Banks
Elsa Lanchester ... Katie Nanna
Arthur Treacher ... The Constable
Reginald Owen ... Admiral Boom
Ed Wynn ... Uncle Albert
Jane Darwell ... The Bird Woman
Arthur Malet ... Mr. Dawes Junior
James Logan James Logan ... Bank Doorman
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Storyline

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1964 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Poppins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$102,272,727

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,272,727
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Walt Disney first attempted to purchase the film rights from P.L. Travers as early as 1938. She rejected his offer, as she didn't believe a film version would do justice to her creation. Another reason for her initial rejection would have been that at that time the Disney studios had not yet produced a live-action film. See more »

Goofs

During the "I Love to Laugh" sequence, the strings attached to Michael are clearly visible in front of Mary's face when he first takes off. Later, the strings lifting Mary are visible when she joins the others at the table - showing that they are attached to her at the waist, just below her pocket. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bert: All right, ladies an' gents! Comical poem! Suitable for the occasion, extemporized and thought up before your very eyes! All right, 'ere we go!
[sings]
Bert: Room 'ere for everyone. Gather around.
[speaks]
Bert: The constable - responstable! Now 'ow does that sound?
[no response]
Bert: Hm.
[dashes over to Miss Lark, sings]
Bert: 'Ello, Miss Lark, I've got one for you.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The Banks children are referred to on-screen as Jane and Michael, but are only credited as "The Children." See more »

Alternate Versions

The original print opened with the Buena Vista Distribution logo, as all Disney films released after 1953 did then. In 2004, for the 40th Anniversary DVD, this was replaced with the Walt Disney Pictures logo. The same thing has been done with the other old Disney films ever since the studio changed its name from Walt Disney Productions to Walt Disney Pictures. The Buena Vista logo was restored for the 2013 Blu-ray release. See more »


Soundtracks

Mary Poppins Overture
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Irwin Kostal
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An auspicious film debut for Julie Andrews
8 December 1998 | by dweckSee all my reviews

Julie's film debut began the world's love affair with her--and what a marvelous vehicle for doing so. Julie appears here in fine voice and is radiantly beautiful.

The performance is more than deserving of the Oscar, especially considering that she had to act to blue screens and objects/characters from within her imagination. No easy task, certainly.

I also love the way Julie, as Mary, refuses to acknowledge the free-for-all that is going on around her. She simply pushes her hair primly back in place and presses on, despite the dancing chimney sweeps and giggling uncles that surround her. "I never explain anything," she blithely comments.

The score is one of my favorites in all the Disney canon. The Sherman brothers outdid themselves with "Stay Awake," one of the most under-appreciated lullabys ever written, and the hauntingly winsome "Feed the Birds."

The Disney animators have created a visual feast as bottomless and surprising as Mary Poppins' carpetbag. The Peter Ellenshaw matte shots are breathtaking. My favorite visual moments? Bert and Mary's live-action reflections in a pond are eddied by a family of cartoon geese. I also love when Bert, Mary, and the children ascend a staircase constructed only of chimney smoke. Brilliant!

There are a few drawbacks: The film's a little over-long, especially in the final third where Mary's but an afterthought in all the plot resolution. In addition, Van Dyke was an excellent choice for his singing and dancing (and popularity), but his cockney accent does grate after a while.

But all in all, this is a tour de force for all involved!


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