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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Saving Mr. Banks

Overview


Genre

Drama, Comedy

Release Date

December 13, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

120 min.

Studio

Walt Disney Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

John Lee Hancock

Producer

Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer

Screenwriter

Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith

Starring

Story


Two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen. 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.

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Tom Hanks
57th BFI London Film Festival - Saving Mr. Banks - Premiere
Oct 20, 2013
Tom Hanks
57th BFI London Film Festival - Saving Mr. Banks - Premiere
Oct 20, 2013

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..an affecting if somewhat soft-soaped comedy drama, elevated by excellent performances..”
by Leslie Felperin [Hollywood Reporter]
“..it's a slow-moving but lightly charming story that brings back memories of the delightful Julie Andrews classic movie..”
by David Edwards [Daily Mirror]
“.."Saving Mr. Banks" is ultimately much less about magic than making the sale, in more ways than one..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]