• Mary Poppins (1964)

Mary Poppins

Release Date: 1964

DVD Release Date: March 25th, 1998

G |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

When Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber), the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents (David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns).

Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Glynis Johns, David Tomlinson, Ed Wynn, Hermione Baddeley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber

Director: Robert Stevenson

Genres: Musical , Children

Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures

Keywords: Daughter , Engaging , Amusing , Growing up , England , Family , London , Father , Son , Playful , Mother ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Eric HendersonSlant Magazine

    The “Whistle While You Work” residue of domestic slavery that colors “A Spoonful of Sugar” aside, Mary Poppins is basically Long Day’s Journey Into Matriarchy (cathartic for some, terrifying for others). show more

  • 90

    What holds Mary Poppins back from being absolutely perfect (as opposed to practically perfect) is due to the episodic structure of the story. Since scenes and songs were drawn from a range of stories from the book series, they play as a series of random adventures, not an organic progression of a single tale. show more

  • 75
    Jaime N. ChristleySlant Magazine

    The movie, like a day at Disney World, pulls the viewer through an incessant, nigh-claustrophobic landscape of surrealism and fun. Resistance is futile; the sugar is the medicine. show more

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Winner Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Sound
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Costume Design (Color)
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Music (Scoring of Music -- Adaptation or Treatment)
Nominated Art Direction (Color)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy
Winner Music (Song)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Cinematography (Color)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Special Visual Effects
Winner Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)