Saving Mr. Banks

DVD - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Saving Mr. Banks
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: Burbank, CA :, Disney,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ♭2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 125 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby Digital 2.0,rda
widescreen (2.40:1),24 fps,rda
laser optical,NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
Alternate Title: Saving Mister Banks


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Mar 11, 2015

I saw this movie in our theather
with a friend of mine she had liked it and I did to we had laughed this is not for children to watch

Feb 06, 2015
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The first hour and half was wasted on the very annoying character Mrs Travers. Only the last half hour was worth watching.

Feb 04, 2015

Worth a watch if you enjoy light hearted movies, and enjoyed Mary Poppins.

Jan 24, 2015

I started watching the film without any expectations but was pleasantly surprised to actually go on watching till the end. The film started slow and almost not being interesting at first but the story with the flashbacks and the 1960's ambiance was beckoning. Also the fact that I was unaware of the story behind the making of the film I quite enjoyed as a child. Would recommend it for those looking to watch a quieter but emotional film.

Jan 06, 2015
  • talktimereader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting story of persistance on the part of Walt Disney, and the effects of nurture. I enjoyed the story and look forward to seeing Mary Poppins again.

Dec 26, 2014

Knowing this to be the 'true story' behind the making of Mary Poppins, we found the plot to be flat despite superb acting by all involved particularly Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell. The constant background narrative was a distraction as was the music score overriding voice.

Dec 17, 2014
  • Dtrasler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The tale of how Walt Disney came to make "Mary Poppins" into a movie (and why it took him twenty years to secure the rights) is brilliantly told, with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson turning in amazing performances as Disney and PL Travers. The movie also shows the childhood of PL Travers, giving an invaluable insight into the genesis of Mary Poppins herself.

Dec 02, 2014
  • REReader3 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The sections about the struggle between Disney and P.L. Travers over the film, that's a good, fun film. However, there are continuous and intrusive flashbacks to Travers' childhood. Had been used to illuminate the struggle, perhaps they would have felt more organic, but instead they were used, at most, to add little tidbits of non-essential information (Travers' aunt said "Spit spot") and so felt more like interruptions than anything else.

Nov 04, 2014
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found this movie more enjoyable than I'd expected despite never having been the biggest fan of Mary Poppins, and my wife also enjoyed it despite never having seen the original Disney film from the '60s. The use of flashbacks, however, was well done and the inside look into the production development process at Disney in its Golden Age heyday was interesting. Lastly, Emma Thompson does extremely well playing a character that could very easily have come off as completely obnoxious and unsympathetic in a way that really humanized her in the end. Well done.

Oct 19, 2014

Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Don't know the backstory but an interesting plotline. Emma Thompson brilliant as always; Tom Hanks surprisingly not very believable as Disney. Strong supporting characters and cast.

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May 15, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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..."

Mar 30, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.
P.L. Travers: You think Mary Poppins is saving the children, Mr. Disney?
[Walt and the other filmmakers are stunned silent]
P.L. Travers: Oh, dear!
[Walks away]

Mar 30, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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Jul 30, 2014

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