Mary Poppins

  • U
  • Robert Stevenson (1964)
  • US
  • 133 min
Mary Poppins
Film Review
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5 out of 5

This is easily the best of Disney's experiments in combining animation and live action, and one of the studio's best-loved films. The last feature overseen by Walt Disney before his death, it was nominated for 13 Oscars and scooped five, including best actress for Julie Andrews in her screen debut. She is splendid as the prim nanny who transforms the lives of her young charges through their visits to her charming fantasy world. Quite why Dick Van Dyke was not even nominated for his performance as Bert the chimney sweep remains a mystery, as his energy is one of the picture's main assets (though his cockney accent does leave something to be desired). Packed with unforgettable sequences, adorable cartoon characters and timeless songs, it's quite simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Plot Summary

Disney musical comedy starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. London banker George Banks's search for a no-nonsense nanny to take care of his two naughty and unhappy children comes unstuck when the practically perfect Mary Poppins and her magic umbrella glide into their lives. Featuring the classic songs Chim Chim Cheree, A Spoonful of Sugarand Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mary Poppins
Julie Andrews
Bert / Mr Dawes Sr
Dick Van Dyke
Mr Banks
David Tomlinson
Mrs Banks
Glynis Johns
Ellen
Hermione Baddeley
Jane Banks
Karen Dotrice
Michael Banks
Matthew Garber
Mrs Brill
Reta Shaw
Katie Nanna
Elsa Lanchester
Constable Jones
Arthur Treacher
Admiral Boom
Reginald Owen
Uncle Albert
Ed Wynn
Mr Dawes Jr
Arthur Malet
Bird woman
Jane Darwell
Mr Grubbs
Cyril Delevanti

Crew

Director
Robert Stevenson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
The Walt Disney Company Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U
Categories
Music
Drama