Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr Banks

John Lee Hancock (2013)

PG Certificate


Our Score
How did Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) finally convince author PL Travers (Emma Thompson) that her Mary Poppins character was safe in his hands after 20 years of stubborn refusal? This hugely entertaining, informative and ultimately moving comedy drama reveals that the cantankerous Travers hated cartoons, musicals and Dick Van Dyke, and had no intention of signing over the rights... until she faced bankruptcy. But woe betide Disney if her magical nanny suffered any image damage. Her continual interference caused enormous problems with the creative team, but this cultural clash proves sharply witty and poignant under John Lee Hancock's spit spot direction. Evocative flashbacks to Travers's troubled Australian childhood expose her melancholy, vulnerability and motives for fiercely protecting her character, clearly inspired by her no-nonsense Aunt Ellie (Rachel Griffiths). It's a superlative confection of Hollywood dream and backstage legend, dominated by Thompson's stunningly eccentric performance, and lovers of the 1964 family classic will find it irresistible.


Walt Disney becomes determined to adapt Mary Poppins into a film, but faces an obstacle in the shape of author PL Travers, who resists the idea of a sentimental Hollywood version of her book. As the movie mogul's charm offensive comes unstuck, he begins to realise why the story is so important to its creator. Fact-based drama, with Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti and Colin Farrell.

Cast & Crew

PL Travers Emma Thompson
Walt Disney Tom Hanks
Ralph Paul Giamatti
Travers Goff Colin Farrell
Margaret Goff Ruth Wilson
Robert Sherman BJ Novak
Richard Sherman Jason Schwartzman
Don DaGradi Bradley Whitford
Director John Lee Hancock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Nov 2013