Saving Mr.Banks (DVD)

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Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks star in Disney's SAVING MR. BANKS, inspired by the extraordinary untold tale of how one of the most beloved stories of all time, Mary Poppins, was brought to the big screen. The film is a poignant, sharply funny and moving recounting of Walt Disney's (Tom Hanks) quest to fulfill a promise to his daughters to make a film of their favourite book, and of its fiercely protective author PL Travers (Emma Thompson), who had no intention of letting her beloved nanny go to Hollywood. SAVING MR. BANKS follows Walt as he has to pull out all the stops to change PL Travers mind and is ultimately forced to reach back into his own childhood to discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt her. Together they set Mary Poppins free to become one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Academy Award winner Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson and Jason Schwartzman round out the terrific cast.

Product Details

Movies & TV
27 May 2014
Region 2
English SDH
Sound Format
5.1 Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio
Walt Disney Pictures
  • Deleted scene
  • Nanny Song
127 min
Age Restriction
7-9 PG
Supply Source
South Africa


Saving Mr. Banks
Release Year
Running Time
120 min
Comedies / Filmmakers / Filmmaking / Showbiz / Writers
US Box Office
$83.3 million
Official Website
Rotten Tomatoes®
79% 84%
The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to MARY POPPINS is brought to the screen in this non-fiction drama starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell. A doting father, Walt Disney (Hanks) promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized for moviegoers, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor. Years later, however, when Travers' book sales begin to slow, dwindling finances drive her to schedule a meeting with Disney to discuss the film rights to the beloved story. For two weeks in 1961, a determined Disney does his absolute best to convince Travers that the film version of MARY POPPINS will be a wondrous and respectful adaptation, meanwhile the author only grows more convinced that she has made the right move in preventing the proposed film adaptation. Later, just when it begins to appear that the rights to MARY POPPINS have slipped through his fingers, the ingenious Disney reflects back on his childhood, and realizes that a sensitive chapter from Travers' youth could be the key to clinching the deal. Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman co-star.
Poster for Saving Mr. Banks
Cast & Crew
John Lee Hancock
Tom Hanks / Paul Giamatti / Emma Thompson / Colin Farrell / Bradley Whitford
Kathy Baker / Annie Rose Buckley / Rachel Griffiths / B.J. Novak / Jason Schwartzman / Ruth Wilson
Kelly Marcel / Sue Smith
Thomas Newman
Director of Photography
John Schwartzman
Music Director
Matt Sullivan
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"Director John Lee Hancock gives us a stylized and gorgeous version of 1961 Los Angeles."
Richard Roeper (12 Dec 2013, )
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future. Emma Thompson, in particular, is magic."
Helen O'Hara (22 Nov 2013, )
Entertainment Weekly
"Thompson gives a master class on playing the snippy sour lemon." -- Grade: B+
Chris Nashawaty (20 Dec 2013, )
Film Comment
"The film cleverly plays our sympathies both ways, encouraging us at different times to identify with the viewpoint of the big-hearted, innocently mystified Americans and that of the witty, sharply intelligent, suffer-no-fools Travers..."
Jonathan Romney (11 Dec 2013, )
Los Angeles Times
"[With] a savvy script that sticks to the truth only when it needs to and an actress who gives a gleeful, ripsnorter of a performance."
Kenneth Turan (12 Dec 2013, )
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]nspired by a Disney fairy tale based on fact: the making of MARY POPPINS....Serving it all with panache is a standout ensemble of seasoned players..."
Susan Wloszczyna (13 Dec 2013, )
Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "Thompson is a spit-spot pleasure in the role, sharp-tongued and deadpan-hilarious."
Peter Travers (12 Dec 2013, )
Total Film
"Wringing every ounce of repressed heartbreak and winsome crabbiness out of the role, Thompson gives her best performance in years..."
Paul Bradshaw (25 Nov 2013, )
USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "The legions who grew up on Disney's Mary Poppins will find it delightfully satisfying to hear snippets of its enormously catchy songs and watch its captivating creative journey."
Claudia Puig (14 Dec 2013, )
Wall Street Journal
"SAVING MR. BANKS wraps a seduction inside a seduction with enjoyable results. It's a Disney film in every sense of the term."
(1 Jan 1970, )
Washington Post
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] richly rendered, engrossing dramatization of Walt Disney’s efforts to adapt Travers’s novel 'Mary Poppins' into one of his confectionery extravaganzas..."
(12 Dec 2013, )