Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

DVD - 2014
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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: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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redworc
Sep 01, 2017

Being based on a true story made it that much more interesting.

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tem453
Jul 24, 2017

An amusing, touching film with a strong message about how imagination is important for adults as well as children. Travers' backstory is told through flashbacks, leading to some intensely emotional moments as pieces of her tragic family story are set against the fantastical moments that they inspired. While the ending of the story is a foregone conclusion (we know that Disney will get the rights to Mary Poppins), it's the how that keeps the viewer engaged, leading to a culminating moment between Walt and Mrs. Travers that nearly had me in tears.

I could see some people getting bored with this film, since the pacing is gentle and most of the plot is conveyed through gesture and dialogue, but it's richly rewarding if you give it a try.

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kpelish
Mar 06, 2017

There are some amusing moments playing off P.L. Travers’ uptight English attitude versus the officially bright and cheery culture of Disney Studios/California. The film delves into the formative childhood experiences of Pamela Travers, the woman who wrote the iconic Mary Poppins, the effects her possessiveness of the creation has on Walt Disney’s 20-year attempts to gain film rights, his dawning realization that there’s something more at stake here than just a story, and redemption of a crucial character.

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Nursebob
Mar 05, 2017

Director John Lee Hancock resurrects a rosy vision of the 60’s with bouffants, party dresses, and candy-coloured attractions providing an intrusive counterbalance of sorts to Travers’ bittersweet childhood memories. Thompson and Hanks are perfectly matched, his unchecked zeal coming up against her dour sense of propriety, and a supporting cast of studio songwriters, a bubbly secretary, and one insightful chauffeur (Paul Giamatti) soften the central tug-of-war without resorting to fluffy distraction. A charming tale of “what if” given some weight by a dark psychological edge.

multi layered plot, excellent acting and intriguing staging of that time period in the USA.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 15, 2017

Ugh. I couldn't get into movie. What a high-maintenance woman.

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blustocking
Sep 27, 2016

i loved the mary poppins books and the movie as a child. this movie about disney and p.l. travers i can do without. so little respect was shown to the author, who is portrayed as difficult because she did not want mary poppins to be a musical or to have animation. of course it is a disney movie. awfully skewed. i think what we have here is a strong woman artist being portrayed as a hysterical female when in fact she was lied to about the making of the film and put under tremendous pressure to give up her artistic vision. i imagine travers spinning in her grave. but she surely has the last laugh as her books are read by another generation of children and then another and another.

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akirakato
Aug 25, 2016

This is a 2013 docudrama directed by John Lee Hancock.
The story centers on the development of the 1964 film "Mary Poppins."
Emma Thompson stars as author P. L. Travers and Tom Hanks as filmmaker Walt Disney.
During the author's fortnight-long meetings during 1961 in Los Angeles, Disney attempts to obtain the screen rights to her novels.
The film depicts the author's troubled childhood as flashbacks.
Disney learns that Travers is actually her pen name, taken from her father's given name.
Her real name is Helen Goff, and she's actually Australian, not British.
This gives Disney new insight into Travers, and he follows her to London.
Arriving unexpectedly at her door, Disney tells her that he also had a less-than-ideal childhood, but stresses the healing value of his art.
He urges Travers not to let deeply-rooted past spoil the present.
It is a thought-provoking and heart-warming drama.

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Mrojas0799
Jul 22, 2016

Great actors and overall a touching movie.

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safetyadoption9
Apr 02, 2016

I love this movie! It is great entertainment and true to the real story line. I suggest this movie to anyone who wants to laugh, cry, or simply just enjoy the feeling of watching the man and woman behind the magical, and famous movie of the renowned Mary Poppins.

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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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