Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  • Rate: 7.9/10 total 4,859 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Family | History | Music
  • Release Date: 20 December 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 125 min
  • Filming Location: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort – 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California, USA
  • Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $12,098,273 (USA) (23 December 2013)
  • Director: John Lee Hancock
  • Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Thomas Newman   
  • Soundtrack: Feed The Birds
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Abbreviation In Title | Three Word Title | Period In Title | Character Name In Title

Writing Credits By:

  • Kelly Marcel (written by) and
  • Sue Smith (written by)

Known Trivia

  • In the movie Tom Hanks is playing Walt Disney who is his distant cousin. 100 of 101 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Walt Disney hid his smoking habit from the public, fearing it would harm his and his studio’s family friendly image. Tom Hanks wanted his portrayal to be accurate, so he lobbied to show Disney smoking. Disney, however, still insisted that smoking was not appropriate for a family film. Hanks got one concession from the company: a shot in which Disney is seen stubbing out a cigarette. 41 of 41 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • To prepare for his role, Tom Hanks made several visits to the Walt Disney Family Museum at San Francisco’s Presidio and interviewed some of Walt Disney’s relatives, including his daughter, Diane Disney Miller. 34 of 34 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • A map of Florida is visible in Walt’s office where the location of what would become Walt Disney World (opened in 1971) is marked. 31 of 31 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • For the Disneyland sequences, Disney blocked off certain parts of the theme park, including the Sleeping Beauty castle; Main Street, U.S.A.; Fantasyland and the Astro Orbiter attraction from November 6 to 7, 2012. The park’s cast members were also hired as extras. 40 of 41 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Robert Sherman’s limp was indeed due to getting shot in the leg. It was a war injury to his knee that took place during his service in Europe during World War II. 26 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • According to the 40th Anniversary DVD release of Mary Poppins (1964) in 2004, Walt Disney first attempted to purchase the film rights to Mary Poppins from P.L. Travers as early as 1938, but was rebuffed because Travers was disgusted by Hollywood’s handling of book-to-film adaptations, and did not believe a film version of her books would do justice to her creation. Another reason for her initial rejection would have been that at that time the Disney studios had not yet produced a live action film. For more than twenty years, Disney made periodic entreaties to Travers to allow him to make a Poppins film. He finally succeeded in 1961, but Travers demanded and got script-approval rights. Planning the film, writing the script and composing the songs took about two years. Travers objected to a number of elements that actually made it into the film. Rather than the Sherman Brothers’ original songs, she wanted the soundtrack to feature known standards of the Edwardian period in which the story is set. She objected the “anti-feminist” ending, in which Winifred Banks, the mother of Jane and Michael, lays aside her devotion to the cause of women’s suffrage to be with her children and to round up help and support to find George Banks after he fails to come back from the bank. Travers also objected to the idea of using animation to depict the chalkboard world. Disney overruled her, citing contract stipulations that he had final say on the finished print. Travers refused to allow any other Mary Poppins books to be filmed, even though Walt tried very hard to get her to reconsider. 45 of 47 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • According to an article on the website The Flickcast – All Things Geek, during their Saturday panel, “Working with Walt,” renowned Walt Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr began to tear up while speaking about the film. As the web article reads on, “He, and the fellow Disney legends that joined him on stage, were touched by how director John Lee Hancock and screenplay writer Kelly Marcel brought Walt to life again. Little quirks, like Disney clearing his throat to let you know that he was about to enter a room, have added a level of authenticity often lost in films like this.” 33 of 34 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • At one point while in his office Walt mentions needing to speak with GE. At the time he was developing General Electric’s 1964 World’s Fair attraction, which would later become known at the Carousel of Progress. 20 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • P.L. Travers never forgave Walt Disney for what she saw as vulgar and disrespectful adaptation of her “Mary Poppins” novels. Forty years after the release of the film, stage producer Cameron Mackintosh (Cats, Les Misérables, Oliver!, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon) approached Travers about a musical theatre version of her work. The author initially refused, citing the film as a reason why she would never again allow an adaptation of her “Mary Poppins” series. After several meetings, the author relented, though when Mackintosh suggested using the songs from the Disney film in the production, Travers again balked. After much more pleading, Mackintosh convinced Travers to allow a stage production with the songs from the film on the strict proviso that no Americans participate in the development, and further that no one involved with the film version–including original film composers the Sherman Brothers, both of whom were still alive and working at the time–could participate. Mackintosh proceeded with development of the stage adaptation for several years without any involvement from Disney, per Travers’ wishes, though after the author’s death in 1996, the Walt Disney Company was allowed some degree of creative involvement and went on to co-produce the musical with Mackintosh. 29 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Anachronisms: When Travers arrives in her hotel room, there are two Winnie the Pooh dolls among the gifts. In 1961, Disney only owned film rights to the Milne characters, and did not acquire merchandising rights until many years later.

Plot: Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins. Full summary »  »

Story: 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 … Written byWalt Disney Pictures


Synopsis: The film begins in Australia, 1906. We start in the sky and for a moment, see the shadow of an umbrella in the clouds. The camera goes lower and lower to find a young girl, Ginty (the real name of P.L. Travers) playing make believe in her front yard. A voice begins to sing, "Winds in the East, mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin." This is the same overture that begins "Mary Poppins."

Now it’s the year 1961. Pamela "P.L." Travers (Emma Thompson) is a grumpy woman living in London. Her home office reveals she has already found success as the author of the Mary Poppins series. The doorbell rings and she finds Diarmiud Russell, her agent. They talk in her living room. She tells him she’s cancelled the car because she no longer needs a ride to the airport, having changed her mind about giving up the rights to her story. Diarmuid points out she has a verbal agreement and can be sued but she replies by saying she has no money for him to claim. He confirms this as he reminds her that sales have dried up and there are no more royalties — and that she has just recently reached terms after 20 years of being pursued — no animation, script approval. To keep her house, Pamela agrees to venture to Los Angeles to hear the studio out but promises to leave the papers unsigned if she’s not happy with their interpretation.

In a flashback, we see Travis Goff (Colin Farrell) surprise his daughter, a young Pamela, nicknamed as Ginty. He says he’s looking for his daughter, the royal princess, and Ginty laughs and reveals it’s her. They are obviously close. He puts her on his shoulders and they rush into the park, with him telling her their adventure is about to begin.

In current day, Pamela is trying to load a giant bag into the overhead bin. A flight attendant asks if she needs help but Pamela refuses, saying she’s perfectly capable. She blames the nearby passengers for being greedy and taking up the space. The flight attendant suggests they put the bag up front but Pamela refuses since it should remain close to her assigned seat. A nearby woman offers to have her bag taken up front instead; instead of thanking her, Pamela notices her toddler and asks if baby is going to be a nuisance during the flight. She then settles into her seat and says, "I hope we crash."

In 1906, we meet Ginty’s three-year-old sister, Biddy, and her delicate mother, Margaret. Ginty is playing with her father, as usual. They all hold suitcases and say goodbye to the staff that used to take care of their house; they now walk on foot throughout town to get to the train station. Travers turns it into a game but his wife is heartbroken. They finally take the train to its very last stop, Allora, a rundown city.

In 1961, Pamela is on the plane and awakes with a jerk from her memory. When she arrives at LAX, she exits the plane and finds a driver holding a sign with her name and "Walt Disney Presents." This is the first time we’ve heard it is Disney that wants her story and not the other major studios. Her driver, Ralph (Paul Giamatti) greets her enthusiastically, a huge contrast from her grumpy persona. As they drive in his town car, Ralph optimistically talks about the sunny day and how, outside, it smells like jasmine; Pamela thinks it’s more like chlorine and sweat. He tries to make her comfortable but she finds him irritating and raises the screen to separate her from him. He is unfazed.

Pamela arrives at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The porter offers to help her unpack but she tells him if wants to handle ladies’ garments, he should get a job in a launderette. He leaves, without a tip, and Pamela then becomes horrified at all the gifts Walt Disney has had put in her room, to welcome her. Flowers, champagne, a fruit basket, Disney merchandise. But her biggest concern is the pears in the fruit basket she plucks them all out.

Cut to a flashback of the Goff family (PLs real last name) settling into their Allora house. It is a rundown shack on barren land, obviously heartbreaking for Margaret (Ginty’s mother). But Travers calls it a palace and boasts that they now have chickens and in this smaller house, Ginty will get to SHARE a bedroom.

In current day, Pamela walks to the balcony and throws the pears she plucked from the fruit basket into the hotel pool. She then goes back in her room and gathers up all the Disney paraphernalia, shoving it all into a closet, along with a giant stuffed Mickey Mouse thats been left on the bed. She tells it, "You can stay there until you learn the art of subtlety." She is clearly nervous about Walt Disney being the one to adapt her stories into a movie.

Pamela unpacks her bag and turns on the hotel television. There, she stumbles upon The Wonderful World of Disney Show with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) hosting. She quickly turns off the TV.

The next morning, Ralph picks Pamela up at the hotel. He is friendly, gleeful about how sunny the day is again. She mocks him for getting excited that the sun has come out as if she was in somehow responsible, reminding him it’s California. He replies, cheerfully, "It certainly is!" She gets in the car and says she’d rather be accountable for the rain. He tells her that’s sad and she tells him, "The rain brings life." He tells her, "So does the sun" but she tells him to be quiet.

When they arrive at the Disney Studios in Burbank, they are greeted by Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford), the film’s screenwriter, and the Sherman Brothers, who are writing the film’s songs (B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman). Don is friendly but she discounts him for not calling her Mrs. Travers. She then chastises him for telling the Sherman Brothers that she created Mary and not Mary Poppins. Finally, she reveals she is not planning on giving away the rights to the character because the film should not be upbeat nor a musical. They try to take her on the tour of the studio but she says doesn’t care and only wants to see Walt.

Pamela is now in Walt’s office. She demands that his secretary tell him she’s arrived. Don tells her she can call him Walt because he thinks Mr. Disney is unnecessary. Walt arrives, enthusiastically greeting her, but Pamela remains unfriendly, calling him Mr. Disney even when he insists she just call him Walt. In his private office, he reminds Pamela that he’s been trying for 20 years to talk her into giving him the film rights. His daughters were reading the Mary Poppins book back then and he promised them he would turn it into a film. That’s why he has been adamant in securing the rights so he can live up to this promise, as well as making kids happy who will finally get to see Mary speak and sing to them. Pamela uses this to bring up her disapproval of the film being turned into a musical, explaining a governess shouldn’t be giddy. She writes off Disney as creating "silly cartoons." He tries to reassure her that he won’t tarnish the story she holds dear to her because he loves Mary Poppins, too. Pamela reminds him that she has not signed the agreement yet and that it stipulates the film will be live action and not animated — she wants this made clear via a recorded statement by Walt. He remains calm, telling her they’re going to make something wonderful. She responds by saying she has yet to see if that is even possible, and then exits the office, leaving Walt dumbfounded.

In flashback, Travers is playing a whistle while Ginty listens from his lap. Margaret comes to the porch and suggests Ginty go to bed. Alone on the porch, Travers promises his wife a good life and to make her proud of him again. She is hopeful.

In present day, Pamela is in a rehearsal room on the studio property. She prepares for the meeting, stone-faced, while Walt’s secretary, Dolly, fills the room with snacks and beverages. This irritates Pamela who says the amount of food could save a starving country and complains that the flowers in the room could have easily been enjoyed from a window without having to be yanked out of the ground. She turns on the tape recorder to document all of her input since she has demanded creative control. They begin to read the script, with Don reading the scene heading of "Exterior, 17 Cherry Tree Lane." Pamela interjects, asking what is EXT? She then demands it be spelled out and not abbreviated, and also that it should be Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane instead of 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Dolly comes in with more snacks and Pamela gets irritated.

As the read-through continues, Pamela voices her concern about casting Dick Van Dyke, suggesting they use Laurence Olivier or Richard Burton or Alec Guinness instead. The Sherman Brothers begin to sing the song they’ve written for the opening — but Pamela stops them to point out "responstable" is not a word. When Richard excitedly tells her they made the world up, Pamela tells them to "un-make it up." At the piano, Richard hides the next page of sheet music a song titled Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Pamela then suggests they work the old vaudeville song, Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay, into the film instead of the original music the Richard Brothers are suggesting.

At home, Pamela reminiscences about her childhood, bringing us to a flashback of Travers telling Ginty her horse is actually Uncle Albert under the spell of a witch. He lifts her up and tells her to pretend to fly.

The next session in the rehearsal room, Pamela is showed storyboard illustrations and finds fault with them all. She tells the team that the illustration of the Banks’ house doesn’t look as she imagines it and that Mrs. Banks shouldn’t be a suffragette and shouldn’t be named Cynthia. When she sees a picture of Mr. Banks, she says that it’s not him because hes not supposed to have a mustache. She explains, the only reason he has facial hair in the books is because the illustrator ignored her wishes but now that it is HER film, she will have her way. Dolly points out the mustache was a specific request from Walt. Pamela replies that Mr. Banks is clean shaved. Finally, Robert erupts, saying "Does it matter?!" Pamela stares at him and then orders him to wait outside.

She goes back to the hotel, the merry sounds of people bringing her to a flashback of her with her father. He shaves his face clean and asks if she prefers a rough face when he gives her kisses or one thats silky smooth. It’s obvious that Mr. Banks is based on him, thus why she was insisting that Mr. Banks look as she envisioned him.

The next time she’s at the Disney Studios, she gets frantic after "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is introduced. Dolly goes to Walt’s office to give him an update — Pamela wants Mrs. Banks name changed to Winifred, she doesn’t want Dick Van Dyke, she doesn’t like the house, she doesn’t want Mr. Banks to have a mustache, the tape measure used to record the children’s height should be a roll tape and not a ruler, she only wants green vegetables and broth for snacks (in the rehearsal room), and that she doesn’t want the color red in the film — at all.

Walt now joins Pamela and the others in the rehearsal room. She reminds him that she has final say and insists, again, that there should be no red in the movie. He points out that the film is set in London where there’s a lot of red but she says she wants it banished simply because she feels anti-red at the moment. He asks if she’s testing him but she replies she took him at his word when he said that she would get final say on everything. She offers to return the agreement back to him, unsigned, so he agrees that there will be no red in the film.

Walt leaves and the others now realize that Walt has not been granted the rights yet. Pamela asks them to sing another song. They sing The Perfect Nanny and Pamela shouts criticisms throughout. As they continue on, she shouts into the tape recorder, "Nobody’s listening to me!" as if her documented complaints will then hold merit. When the song finishes, Pamela says it’s the worst song she’s ever heard.

Later that afternoon, Walt is looking out his window. He sees Pamela sitting on a bench, getting into the limo after Ralph arrives. Back at the hotel, Pamela has another memory — as a young girl, she enters the bank in Allora where her father works since it is their special Ice Cream Day; but Travers is intoxicated and is fired by his employer, all in front of Ginty. The boss finally agrees to hire him back upon seeing Travers daughter but tells him that he needs to straighten himself out, for his daughters sake. Moments later, Travers and Ginty are by the river; she eats ice cream while he drinks from a hip flask and gives a drunken speech.

Pamela calls her agent from her hotel room, complaining about the adaptation of her story and how she is having flashbacks of her childhood. But she has to admit that she needs the money. After hanging up the phone, she pulls the giant Mickey Mouse from the closet and cuddles with it for comfort.

The next morning, the rehearsal room has healthier options for food (per Pamela’s request). The Sherman Brothers brainstorm ideas until they come up with "a spoonful of sugar."

Outside, Walt meets Pamela at the limo and escorts her upstairs. The brothers play the newly written "Spoonful of Sugar," deciding that the word "down" should be played higher, along the lines of Mary Poppins doing the unexpected, like going UP the bannisters. They are in love with this new song and predict it will be iconic. Pamela is unimpressed and calls it an annoying tune akin to something that would play at Walt’s "themed park," all giddy and carefree. She points out to Walt that Mary Poppins is the enemy of sentiment and whimsy; that she is truthful and doesn’t sugar coat the darkness to the children. She complains that the script is flim flam and not rooted in reality. After declaring it has no weight, she opens a window and flings the pages out — proving that the script literally has no weight. Walt responds by saying "Says the woman who sends a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children." Pamela responds, "You think Mary Poppins is saving the children?" She sighs and shakes her head.

Late that afternoon, Pamela is on the same bench. She thinks back to playing with the laundry hanging outside when her dad comes home early. They chase a hen who Travers says is their foul Aunt Ellie in disguise. During the game, Pamelas mom notices a whisky bottle protruding from Mr. Traviss pocket. That night, Ginty stays awake at night, while her parents argue; her mother is suggesting Ellie come over to help the family raise the girls.

In the rehearsal studio the next day, Richard previews Feed the Birds, which touches Walt. They both fear Pamela will hate it, nonetheless.

In another flashback, we see Ginty and her father playing pretend, which irritates Margaret. Travers tells Ginty, Dont ever stop dreaming. You can be anyone you want to be. She says she wants to be like him but he tells her Dont. He begins crying.

Ralph drives Pamela but she is distracted. Her memories continue. Ginty gives a speech at her school fair. Her father is going to be presenting the metals on behalf of the bank.

In the rehearsal room, Pamela is still distracted. They get her attention and perform Fidelity Fiduciary Bank for her. This is juxtaposed with another fantasy, of her father showing up to the fair drunk. When he presents the metals, he tries to promote the bank he works at but he meanders, obviously drunk. As the bank song continues in present day, it is repeated as dialogue in the flashback. Finally, when Travers is supposed to present the metals, he slurs his speech, obviously intoxicated. He tells everyone that his daughter has opened a bank account and the crowd should give her a drink, but then corrects himself, meaning give her a hand. He calls her up on stage but she is embarrassed and crushed, as her father was her hero. Somehow, he loses his footing and falls off of the stage. The crowd gasps, judgmentally.

In present day, the Brothers applaud their new song along with Walt. Pamela can only say, Why did you have to make him so cruel? He was not a monster! She asks if they have children and they say, yes; she then points out all the mean things that Mr. Banks is written as doing tearing up the advertisement the kids have written, refusing to mend their kite. Its now obvious to us that shes protective of Mr. Banks image and has issues with the story because all the characters are based on her family. She tells them she cant bear to let him down again and leaves the room, upset.

In a flashback, Travers is in bed with a broken foot from the fall. He asks the doctor for painkillers but the doctor realizes that he just wants the high. After he leaves, Travers asks Ginty to get him a bottle of medicine that her mother has hidden but she refuses, knowing of her moms decision. She tries to share a poem she wrote for him at school that won first prize; he reads it and tells her Its hardly Yeats, is it? Ginny is devastated. We now realize the turning point in Pamelas life.

Pamela rushes through the Disney lot and finds a quiet spot on the lawn in the back of a sound stage. She has more flashbacks Ginty finding the bottle of medicine and leaving them with her sleeping father. Pamela is daydreaming, playing with a daisy, when Ralph catches her. He has brought her tea but Pamela tells him it is blasphemy to drink from a paper cup. Nonetheless, she lets him have a conversation with her, despite being obviously upset. She tells him she wants to go back to England and points out she doesnt really have any close family members. He tells her his daughter is handicapped and its made him appreciate sunny days where she can sit outside in the garden and not be cooped up inside, like on rainy days (a callback to his cheerfulness about the weather when they first met). Now warming up to him, Pamela shows off a park she has built in the grass, with twigs. She pours her tea to make a stream.

In flashback, Margaret enters Gintys bedroom at night and tells her she knows she gave her father the bottle of pills. She tells Ginty that she is aware she loves her father more than her, but one day, shell understand. Margaret then leaves the house, despite Gintys screams for her to come back. Ginty then has to comfort her younger sister by telling her a story about little girls alone in a house who shouldnt be afraid because a guide will show up from the stars and show them magic.

Ginty goes out looking for her mother. She finds her in the freezing water of the creek. She convinces her mom to go home.

In current day, Pamela gets a phone call from Walt. He wants to know why she has been so upset lately. She doesnt have a response. He suggests the two of them go to Disneyland. She is less than enthusiastic at the suggestion, calling it a dollar printing machine, but he doesnt take no for an answer, hanging up on her.

In a flashback, Aunt Ellie arrives at the Goff household with a parrot-headed umbrella and giant carpetbag. She is obviously the inspiration for Mary Poppins. She tells Gintys sister to close her mouth because she is not a codfish (a line from the film). She puts the girls to work and is very strict with them.

Ralph drives Pamela to Disneyland and they park on the property. Walt Disney greets them, exciting Ralph who has never met him in person; Pamela is not impressed though. The two walk through the park where young fans ask for Walts autograph. Walt gives out pre-signed pictures, his method of dealing with attention when he goes to the park. Nobody wants Pamelas signature.

As they walk down Disneyland’s Main Street, Walt asks Pamela where she came from. Pamela knows he is talking about Mary Poppins and says she flew in through the window one day. He is not impressed with her standoffish attitude and says, because she clearly doesnt want to be there, theyll ride one ride and then go. The two are now on King Arthurs Carousel. Pamela hesitates to get on the ride, even after Walt tries to coerce her, by pointing out that theres a child in all of us. She only gives in after Walt adamantly demands, Get on the horse, Pamela. He then tells her the Sherman Brothers have an idea for Mr. Banks that will be to her liking. She asks if he brought her all the way to Disneyland just to tell her that; he responds, no, he had made a bet that he couldnt get her on one ride and now he just earned 20 bucks.

In flashback, Aunt Ellie takes care of Travers, who is coughing up blood. Outside, Ginty cries at the decline of her fathers health.

In the rehearsal room, there are no more snacks and all the tables have been pushed to the side. Don is eager to show Pamela the new scene they have written for Mr. Banks. It ends up being Lets Go Fly a Kite. Having come to peace with her past, Pamela cant help but hum along and then sing along and then dance along. Dolly is ecstatic and runs to Walts office where she tells him, Im sorry to interrupt but Mrs. Travers shes dancing with Don!

Back in the rehearsal room, the song ends and Pamela admits she loves the song. But, in character, she points out that the proper English should be Let US go AND fly a kite. She is willing to overlook this, though.

In a flashback, Ginty sits with her father in his bedroom. She says she has rewritten the poem he didnt like but he doesnt reply. She shows him the tuppence that Aunt Ellie has given her and asks if he wants anything. He asks for pears. Ginty steps out to get some pears. In present day, Pamela awakes in her hotel room from her dream, a memory of the day her father died.

Now, riding in the limo, Pamela is upbeat, matching Ralphs optimistic perspective on life. In the rehearsal room, Pamela is much more pleasant. She okays the Jolly Holiday song but when she asks how they plan to train penguins, Richard tells her, Theyre animated. Upon hearing there will be cartoons in the film, Pamela storms out. She runs to Walts office, uninvited, and calls him a trickster, a fraudster, a sneak. Pamela tells him that the music of the Sherman Brothers has charmed her but she wont cross the line and allow animated, dancing penguins. She gives him back the unsigned rights papers and says good day. Walt chases after Pamela but she just tells him he isnt living up to his promises. Ralph arrives and is about to drive her away. She tells Walt Disney shes sorry to put him through so much trouble but she is not ready to give her (Mary Poppins) up. They drive away.

Pamela is driven to LAX. Ralph tells her it was a pleasure driving her, which she doesnt believe. He says he didnt know who she was until he mentioned to his daughter that he was driving around a Mrs. Travers for Walt Disney and she made him go to her bedroom and take her Mary Poppins book. He says he cant stop reading it. Pamela says shed be honored to sign it. He asks her to inscribe it to Jane, his daughter. She hands him a piece of stationery with a list of names Albert Einstein, Van Gogh, Roosevelt, Frida Kahlo and tells him to give it to his daughter and tell her that a lot of people with difficulties do extraordinary things with their lives. At the bottom of the list is Walt Disneys name she points out that he had difficulty concentrating and had hyperactive behavior as a kid.

In his office, Walt Disney looks down at the paperwork with Pamelas flight itinerary, confirming she has, in fact, gone back to London. He wonders why her name is listed as Helen Goff and his secretary points out, its her real name and shes actually Australian, not British. He wonders where she got the name Travers.

In a flashback, Ginty comes home with the pears and discovers Ellie holding a bloodstained sheet. She drops the bag of pears onto the floor. Ginty rushes past her mom and aunt and steps into her fathers bedroom. She watches him die. She apologizes for dropping the pears.

In London, Pamela settles back into her home, the one she can no longer afford. Later that night, theres a knock on the door and Walt Disney is there. He requests she make him a pot of tea. They talk and Walt tells her she misjudges him that she thinks of him as a Hollywood King Midas with an empire and Mary Poppins will be just another brick in [his] kingdom. He tells her, if this was the case, he wouldnt have pursued her for 20 years. He tells her Mary Poppins is real to his daughters, to thousands of children, and even adults. Walt apologizes to Pamela for letting her down and points out he, too, had a Mr. Banks but his had a mustache it was his own father, who had a newspaper delivery route and employed a young Walt and his brother to work the cold winters. If he didnt live up to his fathers standards, he would get beaten. He says he loves his father but he has days where he looks back and is tired of thinking of him in a negative light. He has to learn to finish the story differently, to let it all go and have a life that isnt dictated by the past. He realizes now, as she hinted, that its not the children Mary Poppins comes to save but her father, Travers Goff. She must have loved him a lot to take his name. He now realizes all of her books were about him and encourages her to forgive. She says she doesnt have to forgive her father, he was a wonderful man, but he says, no, she needs to forgive Helen Goff for giving herself a harsh sentence. He begins a monologue, telling her to trust her precious Mary Poppins with him and the audience will see Mr. Banks being saved and he can instill hope into the viewers.

Pamela looks at the giant Mickey Mouse that she has brought home with her. She agrees to sign the papers.

Years later, Mary Poppins is having its world premiere in Los Angeles. Pamela is not invited because Walt is afraid she will be a very difficult person and talk negatively with whatever press asks her for an interview.

In London, Pamela is writing a new Mary Poppins book and now has enough money to have a maid. Downstairs, her agent asks her if shes going to the films premiere and she says shes not interested. He can tell that she wasnt invited and points out that Mary Poppins wouldnt stand for it.

Pamela takes a plane again. The same flight attendant from before asks if she needs help with her bags and then recognizes Pamela from before. She lets her take care of herself.

Walt returns to his office to find that Pamela is there, waiting. She points out she didnt receive an invitation and it must have gotten lost in the mail. Walt promises to issue a replacement.

At her hotel, she asks the doorman to call for a taxi but just then, a limo pulls up. It is Ralph who is going to take her to the premiere.

Pamela gets to the Graumans Chinese Theater where various Disney characters mingle alongside celebrities, including the cast of Mary Poppins. Before she exits the limo, Ralph whispers to her, This is your night. None of this would be possible without you. He helps her to the carpet but she walks unnoticed, except for a giant Mickey Mouse who interacts with her.

Inside, Pamela watches the film. She looks around at everyone in the audience laughing, singing along, having a good time. The scenes in the film remind her of her history, that we are now familiar with via the flashbacks.

By the end of the movie, Pamela has tears streaming down her face. Walt Disney is sitting behind her. He leans forward and whispers, Its all right, Mrs. Travers. Mr. Banks is going to be all right. She nods but responds, No, no. Its just that I cant abide cartoons!

The final song plays, Lets Go Fly a Kite. Pamela cant help but sing along. She has one final flash back Ginty at her fathers bedside as he tells her I will never lose you. Cut back to the opening scene of the film, with Ginty sitting in grass, the prologue from Mary Poppins being sung, and the shadow of an umbrella. But this time, we rise higher and higher into the sky.

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Produced By:

  • Ian Collie known as producer
  • Christine Langan known as executive producer
  • Troy Lum known as executive producer
  • Andrew Mason known as executive producer
  • Alison Owen known as producer
  • Philip Steuer known as producer
  • Paul Trijbits known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Emma Thompson known as P.L. Travers
  • Tom Hanks known as Walt Disney
  • Annie Rose Buckley known as Ginty
  • Colin Farrell known as Travers Goff
  • Ruth Wilson known as Margaret Goff
  • Paul Giamatti known as Ralph
  • Bradley Whitford known as Don DaGradi
  • B.J. Novak known as Robert Sherman
  • Jason Schwartzman known as Richard Sherman
  • Lily Bigham known as Biddy
  • Kathy Baker known as Tommie
  • Melanie Paxson known as Dolly
  • Andy McPhee known as Mr. Belhatchett
  • Rachel Griffiths known as Aunt Ellie
  • Ronan Vibert known as Diarmuid Russell
  • Jerry Hauck known as Premier Emcee
  • Laura Waddell known as Woman with Infant
  • Fuschia Sumner known as Flight Attendant
  • David Ross Paterson known as Doctor
  • Michelle Arthur known as Polly
  • Michael Swinehart known as Porter
  • Bob Rusch known as Doorman
  • Paul Tassone known as Refreshment Tent Man
  • Luke Baines known as Waiter
  • Demetrius Grosse known as Bartender
  • Steven Cabral known as Bank Clerk
  • Kimberly D'Armond known as Katie Nanna
  • Mia Serafino known as Young Woman
  • Claire Bocking known as Nanny Claire
  • Dendrie Taylor known as Lillian Disney
  • Marc Abbink known as Airplane Passenger at Airport (uncredited)
  • Christine Ames known as Airline Stewardess (uncredited)
  • Ashlee-Rose Barnett known as Disneyland Guest (uncredited)
  • Jaeden Bettencourt known as Young Child 1906 (uncredited)
  • Melissa Bickerton known as Mrs. Corry (uncredited)
  • Vincent M. Biscione known as Premiere Guest (uncredited)
  • Andrew Blood known as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Lance Buckner known as Piano Player (uncredited)
  • Eric Corbin known as Movie Premier Guest (uncredited)
  • Mary Czerwinski known as Disneyland Mother (uncredited)
  • Lynne Alana Delaney known as Stylish Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Cheryl Dent known as Flight Attendant (uncredited)
  • Seth Di Marco known as Cab Driver (uncredited)
  • Hal Dion known as Banker #2 (uncredited)
  • Lynly Ehrlich known as Mrs. DaGradi (uncredited)
  • Emilie Germain known as Woman in Castle (uncredited)
  • Stephen Goodman known as Premiere Guest (uncredited)
  • Alan Gray known as Banker (uncredited)
  • Ariana Guido known as Daughter / 1960 (uncredited)
  • Richard Halverson known as Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
  • Kevin Hawley known as Allura Business Man (uncredited)
  • Tomas Johansson known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Faye Kelly known as Guest at Disneyland (uncredited)
  • Amanda Kluge known as LAX Passenger (uncredited)
  • Michael Kunselman known as Movie Premiere Guest (uncredited)
  • Kristopher Kyer known as Dick Van Dyke (uncredited)
  • John Luder known as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Sean McCracken known as Chauffeur (uncredited)
  • Alan Mueting known as Premiere Guest (uncredited)
  • Maria Olsen known as Fairground Woman 1906 (uncredited)
  • Ginger Pauley known as Joyce Sherman (uncredited)
  • Josh Pierce known as Disneyland Attendant (uncredited)
  • Donald Prince known as Mustache Man (uncredited)
  • Leslie Ranne known as Eastern Airlines Counter Girl (uncredited)
  • Cal Rein known as Premiere Valet #1 (uncredited)
  • Anna Rekota known as Town people (uncredited)
  • Anna Roberts known as Premiere Girl (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Russo known as Woman With Dog (uncredited)
  • Frank Scozzari known as Man in Drinking Tent (uncredited)
  • Robert Stilwell known as Burbank Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Victoria Summer known as Julie Andrews (uncredited)
  • Alexandra Surer known as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • John H. Tobin known as Tent reveler (uncredited)
  • Dwight Turner known as Premiere Guest (uncredited)
  • Thomas R. Waters known as Andrew Dutton (uncredited)
  • January Welsh known as Gibson Girl (uncredited)
  • Michelle Winters known as Hollywood Starlet (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Kate Biscoe known as key makeup artist
  • Catherine Childers known as key hair stylist
  • Curran Crockett known as hair stylist
  • Deborah La Mia Denaver known as makeup co-department head
  • Jenni Brown Greenberg known as makeup artist
  • Julie Hewett known as makeup co-department head
  • Frances Mathias known as hairstylist department head
  • Kerry Mendenhall known as hair stylist
  • Beth O'Rourke known as makeup artist (additional)
  • Gloria Ponce known as hair stylist
  • Don Rutherford known as makeup artist
  • Maria Sandoval known as assistant hair stylist
  • Robert Wilson known as hair stylist
  • Jose Zamora known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Samantha Avila known as assistant art director
  • Joe Bergman known as set dresser (as Joseph Bergman)
  • Mark Lambert Bristol known as storyboard artist
  • Lawson Brown known as on-set dresser
  • Lorrie Campbell known as set designer
  • Martin Charles known as graphic designer
  • Steve Christensen known as set designer
  • Tammy DeRuiter known as painter
  • Will Field known as art director: UK
  • Eva Firshein known as buyer
  • Erick Garibay known as assistant property master
  • Tommy Gutman known as assistant props
  • Deborah Jones known as drapery foreman
  • Nancy Ann Lai known as draper
  • Warren Lever known as construction coordinator: UK
  • Scott Maginnis known as property master
  • Kristen Maloney known as art department assistant
  • Ron Mendell known as model maker
  • Greg O'Donohue known as gang boss
  • Edward V. Pannozzo known as construction estimator
  • Mike Piccirillo known as art department coordinator
  • Joel Prihoda known as leadman
  • Karen Riemenschneider known as set dresser
  • Terry Scott known as construction coordinator
  • Fred Seibly known as signwriter
  • Alex Sessing known as greens foreman
  • Elliott Stallion known as art department assistant: UK
  • Randy Syracuse known as general foreman
  • Joanna Venezky known as set buyer
  • Joel Venti known as storyboard artist (opening sequence)
  • Emma Verdugo known as set decoration coordinator


Production Companies:

  • Walt Disney Pictures (presents) (as Walt Disney)
  • Ruby Films
  • Essential Media & Entertainment (as Essential Media and Entertainment)
  • BBC Films (in association with)
  • Hopscotch Features (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • BBC Films  funding
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Big Crowds  crowd casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chef Robért Catering  catering
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Disneyland  special thanks
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Executive Assurance  Production Security
  • Kodak  motion picture film
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Sixteen19  post production services
  • TLO Film Services  action vehicles
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios  Tinkerbell animation by
  • Walt Disney Records  soundtrack


  • Forum Hungary (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Japan (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2013) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) (2014) (Russia) (theatrical)

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Special Effects:

  • Luma Pictures (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Alexandre Cancado known as 2D supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • John Cassella known as senior fx technical director: Luma Pictures
  • Joe Censoplano known as lighting & compositing artist: Luma Pictures
  • Vincent Cirelli known as visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • Davide Curletti known as roto/paint artist: Luma Pictures
  • Kevin Curtin known as roto/paint artist: Luma Pictures
  • Mark A. Davis known as digital compositor
  • Ruy Delgado known as matchmove artist: Luma Pictures
  • Timothy Fleur known as digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Chris Fung known as digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Chelsea Goodchild known as paint & roto artist: Luma Pictures
  • Lenny Gordon known as tracker: Luma Pictures
  • Lindsay Hallett known as director of business relations: Luma Pictures
  • H Haden Hammond known as sequence supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • John R. Hazzard known as pipeline technical director: Luma Pictures
  • Brent Hensarling known as senior systems administrator: Luma Pictures
  • Justin Johnson known as digital effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • Daniel Kepler known as visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
  • Alex Khan known as digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Shawn Lopez known as roto/paint artist: Luma Pictures
  • Jessica Madsen known as digital artist: Luma Pictures
  • Seth Martin known as visual effects
  • Lauren Miyake known as visual effects producer
  • Marla Neto known as business relations associate: Luma Pictures
  • Jesse Nicodemus known as visual effects artist: Luma Pictures
  • Prin Nimmannitya known as paint/roto artist
  • Chris Olivas known as digital compositor
  • Jared Otake known as digital compositor
  • Rebecca Park known as visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
  • Michael Perdew known as digital production manager: Luma Pictures
  • Pavel Pranevsky known as CG supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • Pimentel A. Raphael known as animation supervisor
  • Karl Rogovin known as dynamics effects animator: Luma
  • Nathan Rusch known as pipeline technical director: Luma Pictures
  • Payam Shohadai known as executive visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • Joey Sila known as digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Jared Simeth known as look development lead: Luma Pictures
  • Thanapoom Siripopungul known as character technical director supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • Stephen T. Spurlock known as digital compositor
  • Alicia Suggs known as digital compositor
  • Steven Swanson known as visual effects supervising producer: Luma Pictures
  • Viviana Torrellas known as matchmove artist: Luma Pictures
  • Viviana Torrellas known as roto/paint artist: Luma Pictures
  • James Waterson known as digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Derek Weil known as visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
  • Garrett Wycoff known as roto/paint artist: Luma Pictures
  • Sonia Yu known as lighting & compositing artist: Luma Pictures
  • Greg Dora known as compositor: Cosa VFX (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images


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Saving Mr Banks (2013)

John Lee Hancock follows up The Blind Side (2009) with what has to be one of the most bankable releases of the year – a bona fide return to movie stardom for Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Ditto Emma Thompson and, well, pretty much everyone else in the cast.

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