Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

DVD - 2014 | Widescreen edition
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When P. L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney's desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins, to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario's concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.
Publisher: [United States] : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, c2014
Edition: Widescreen edition
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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byoneoka
Jul 08, 2019

This may be Tom Hanks' best film. What a marvelous performance in his dialog with the author Mrs. Travers back in London! Walt Disney cracks the mystery of what was the real issue.

Emma Thompson does a lovely job showing the prickly Englishwoman, and the sensitive heart.
made whole by her comedic talent and humanity.

A fine film with a touching climax.

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

If I could give this movie ten stars, I would. It was a long wait for me to finally be able to see this masterpiece, as I was never able to see it in the theatre, but watching it alone in the comfort of my home was mesmerizing. I absolutely l loved everything about this film, from the incredible performances (they could not have picked a better person to portray PL Travers than Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. He is one of my all-time favorite actors and never in a million years did I dream of him playing someone I admire as much as Walt Disney, but he was just wonderful and I felt like I was watching Walt Disney on screen. The film is very dramatic and it takes some time to get used to PL Travers harsh nature, but interspersed throughout the film are flashbacks that fortunately aren't hard to decipher. Some movies have flashbacks that are hard to tell apart from the actual film but this was like a story within a story and it was beautifully done. I felt for the actors in the flashback scenes just as much as those in the main storyline. Rarely does a movie make me laugh and cry but this one achieved both and I absolutely loved the Disney references and how they made everything in the film-including Disneyland appear as though it was another generation. There is a reason that Tom Hanks is the star of four of my favorite movies; Sleepless In Seattle, You've Got Mail, A League of Their Own and Big... and now that list has been extended to five with "Saving Mr. Banks." I don't want to say much more about this film because I don't want to give anything away, but all I can say is if you've ever seen Mary Poppins-even once-you MUST see this film. It should be required viewing for that movie, although "Saving Mr. Banks" does have a great deal of spoilers, which is as it should be. But it's amazing to see how that wonderful film came together. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch the finished product... "Mary Poppins", that is....

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LaNomada01
Dec 26, 2018

I went into this movie cautious, because I didn't know how I felt about a movie that painted an unrealistic picture of a real life author's experience. Reportedly P.L. Travers severely disliked the movie adaptation of "Mary Poppins" and it was unlikely for Disney to trash itself. Which is exactly what happened; this movie is a sad and moving rose-colored version of the true story. But that doesn't make it less beautiful.

The acting by Tom Hanks (Walt Disney) and Emma Thompson (P.L. Travers) is fantastic, their chemistry makes the movie. Along with some very beautiful manipulation of the songs, watching the making of a childhood nostalgia movie. All of it blends together and it works - this movie had me (a cynical person) crying by the end.

Saving mr Banks is on Today on T.v so i ddin't get a chance to watch it before its on t.v so i have to watch it later i barrowed this movie there was a lot of holds on this movie before not anymore i placed a hold on it

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humbleworm
Aug 18, 2018

I read the first four Mary Poppins books recently and am not really tempted to read the rest, but the 1964 Disney film is reasonably faithful to the first (and best) book. The aptly-named Saving Mr Banks provides some biographical insight that will likely be less interesting to a younger audience.

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Wisteriapaintbrush
Jun 28, 2018

Gives me a new perspective on Mary Poppins!

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Nooksack20
Mar 19, 2018

Excellent movie about Walt Disney and the woman who created Mary Poppins.

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ba_library
Feb 14, 2018

I did not know what this film was about, only that it had something to do with Mary Poppins. The story is about the author P.L. Travers and Walt Disney’s 20 year effort to get the story made into a film. Mrs. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) comes across as a grouchy, mean, grumpy old English lady who is not enchanted by Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and his money-making Disneyland. She flies to Los Angeles in 1961 to discuss the film rights of her book. Of course, underneath the children’s story are some personal anxiety issues of her own childhood. Her family moved to Australia, her father worked at a bank, he was an alcoholic, he becomes very ill and an Aunt comes to live with the family who is the basis of the Mary Poppins character. I was initially a bit confused since the story switches between Los Angeles and Australia, in different time eras but it does all come together in the end. Not a real upbeat, joyful story. Not recommended for young kids, but as an adult who loved the film as a child, I enjoyed the back story and, of course, was singing along with the songs. I have never read the book, but will read it now and will probably need to watch the original film again.

Disney does a psychodrama, and it works. Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books, and she has daddy issues, which Walt Disney, in producing the 1964 blockbuster film, helps her sort out. Usually I don't like a lot of flashbacks in a movie, but since Colin Farrell plays the young Pamela's dissolute father, they are some of the best scenes of the film.

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Gwen904
Feb 04, 2018

Odd, but entertaining overall.

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blue_wolf_1165
Jul 26, 2016

DOES IT MATTER?

WVMLMichelle Jun 24, 2015

Don't you ever stop dreaming. You can be anyone you want to be.

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Monolith
May 15, 2014

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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jimg2000
Mar 30, 2014

Much more from imdb-----Walt Disney: "No whimsy or sentiment!" says the woman who sends a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children.
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P.L. Travers: You think Mary Poppins is saving the children, Mr. Disney?
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[Walt and the other filmmakers are stunned silent]
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P.L. Travers: Oh, dear!
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[Walks away]

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jimg2000
Mar 30, 2014

From imbd: Walt Disney: George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.

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