• 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: Docudrama , Comedy drama

Production Co: Ruby Films, Essential Media and Entertainment

Distributors: Walt Disney

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Leslie FelperinThe Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 75
    Ella TaylorNPR

    Saving Mr. Banks does end in tears, but they're Disney tears, as befits a movie about Disney made by Disney. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't see this beguiling piece of pop storytelling, built on half-truths whipped into shape for a storybook ending that never was. show more

  • 79

    There’s charm and delight here, to be sure, but it is occasionally obscured by attempts to make it somehow darker, deeper, and more dramatic. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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