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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Thompson ... P.L. Travers
Tom Hanks ... Walt Disney
Annie Rose Buckley ... Ginty
Colin Farrell ... Travers Goff
Ruth Wilson ... Margaret Goff
Paul Giamatti ... Ralph
Bradley Whitford ... Don DaGradi
B.J. Novak ... Robert Sherman
Jason Schwartzman ... Richard Sherman
Lily Bigham Lily Bigham ... Biddy
Kathy Baker ... Tommie
Melanie Paxson ... Dolly
Andy McPhee ... Mr. Belhatchett
Rachel Griffiths ... Aunt Ellie
Ronan Vibert ... Diarmuid Russell
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Storyline

When Walter Elias Disney's (Tom Hanks') daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' (Dame Emma Thompson's) "Mary Poppins", he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take twenty 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, California to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all of the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Richard M. Sherman (Jason Schwartzman) and Robert B. Sherman (B.J. Novak), 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 ... Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saving Mr. Banks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$413,373, 15 December 2013

Gross USA:

$83,301,580

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,867,984
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Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the book "The Secret Life of Mary Poppins (1964)", in a rare 1977 interview, P.L. Travers commented on the legacy of the movie, Mary Poppins (1964): "I've seen it once or twice, and I've learned to live with it. It's glamorous and it's a good film on its own level, but I don't think it is very like my books." See more »

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The Eastern Airlines Logo shown at LAX was not introduced until 1965. See more »

Quotes

[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 »


Soundtracks

'Mary Poppins' Medley: 'A Spoonful of Sugar' / 'Jolly Holiday' / 'Feed the Birds'
from Mary Poppins (1964)
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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Good movie, too bad it's a fib.
3 January 2014 | by duefioriSee all my reviews

The truth, a little of the truth, so far from the truth. I read the original novels, and they are indeed pretty far from the Disney Treatment (capitals are in order) they got; yet, I really love the movie (Mary Poppins, that is), but I can also see why Mrs. Travers loathed it. And I read about the real encounter between Walt Disney (a way more unpleasant person than pictured here) and Mrs. Travers, and once again, this is its Disney Treatment. Once again, I liked the movie, a lot; yet once again I see where someone could loathe it. The Disney Treatment is responsible of the popularization of many famous or obscure tales (as an Italian, I'm thinking of Pinocchio); and, at the very same time, it is responsible for their massacre in an orgy of sugary coating. That Pamela Travers had to suffer this twice, is way too cruel. Summing it up: 9 to the movie per se, 5 to the Disney Treatment of reality.


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