Saving Mr. Banks

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  • PG-13
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” 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... read more
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When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” 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 the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Original Release

11/29/2013

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Cast

Directors

John Lee Hancock

Writers

Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith

Cast

Tom Hanks Walt Disney
Emma Thompson P.L. Travers
Colin Farrell Travers Goff
Ruth Wilson Margaret Goff
Rachel Griffiths Aunt Ellie
Jason Schwartzman Richard Sherman
Bradley Whitford Don DaGradi
Annie Rose Buckley Ginty
Kathy Baker Tommie
Lily Bigham Biddy
Melanie Paxson Dolly
Andy McPhee Mr. Belhatchett
Ronan Vibert Diarmuid Russell
Fuschia Sumner Flight Attendant (as Fuschia Kate Sumner)
David Ross Paterson Doctor
Marc Abbink Airplane Passenger at Airport
Jaeden Bettencourt Young Child - 1906
Vincent M. Biscione Premiere Guest
Andrew Blood Photographer
Eric Corbin Movie Premier Guest

Producers

Christine Langan Executive Producer
Troy Lum Executive Producer
Andrew Mason Executive Producer
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer
Ian Collie Producer
Alison Owen Producer
Philip Steuer Producer
Mark Cooper Producer
K.C. Hodenfield Producer

Editors

Mark Livolsi

2014 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2014 Oscar Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Nominated
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