• Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Saving Mr. Banks

Release Date: December 13th, 2013

DVD Release Date: March 18th, 2014

PG-13 |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to "Mary Poppins." The author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), proves to be an uncompromising curmudgeon who has no intention of letting her beloved characters become mangled in the Hollywood machine. However, when the books stop selling and she finds herself in need of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to consider Disney's proposition.

Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak

Director: John Lee Hancock

Genres: Comedy drama , Docudrama

Production Co: Ruby Films, Essential Media and Entertainment

Distributors: Walt Disney

Keywords: 1950s , 1960s , 1940s , Charming , Rivalry , Endearing , London , Transformation , Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Edges have been softened, harshness has been transformed into happiness sprinkled with eccentricity. And the paradox, of course, is that we're glad to be seduced. As Disney films go, this is a good one. show more

  • 80
    Leslie FelperinThe Hollywood Reporter

    Taken strictly on its own terms, Saving Mr. Banks works exceedingly well as mainstream entertainment. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Saving Mr. Banks, set in 1961, is smart, delightful. show more

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Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Music (Original Score)