Saving Mr. Banks Movie

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An account of Walt Disney's twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers' popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project's pre-production in 1961.

Who's Involved:

Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson, Andrew Mason, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Philip Steuer, Ruth Wilson, John Lee Hancock, Bradley Whitford, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, B.J. Novak, Alison Owen, Kelly Marcel, Paul Trijbits, Annie Buckley, Troy Lum, Ian Collie

Release Date:

Friday, December 20, 2013 (Nationwide)
Friday, December 13, 2013 (Limited)

thematic elements including some unsettling images

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

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 truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

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Who stars in Saving Mr. Banks: Cast List

... Walt Disney

"Bios" , "News of the World"  

... P.L. Travers

"Cruella" , "Beauty and the Beast"  

... Goff

"Voyagers" , "The Batman"  

... Margaret

"A Walk Among the Tombstones" , "The Little Stranger"  

... Aunt Ellie

"The King's Daughter" , "Step Up"  

... Young P.L. Travers


... Don DaGradi

"The Call of the Wild" , "The Last Full Measure"  

... Richard Sherman

"Mainstream" , "Wine Country"  

... B.J. Sherman

"The Founder" , "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"  

... Ralph

"Jungle Cruise" , "San Andreas 2"  

... Tommie

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" , "The Age Of Adaline"  

Who's making Saving Mr. Banks: Crew List

A look at the Saving Mr. Banks behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director John Lee Hancock last directed The Little Things and The Highwaymen. The film's writer Kelly Marcel last wrote Fifty Shades of Grey and The Little Mermaid (Live-Action).


Kelly Marcel


Ian Collie
Alison Owen
Philip Steuer

Production: What we know about Saving Mr. Banks?

Key Facts

  1. The script made the 2011 Black List. This marks the first time Walt Disney (the person) has ever been depicted in a dramatic film.

Filming Timeline

  1. April 2013: The film was in Completed status.
  2. MPAA rating announced; assumed completed.

  3. September 2012: The film was in Production status.
  4. Now shooting; shooting entirely in the Los Angeles area, with key locations to include Disneyland in Anaheim and the Disney Studios in Burbank. Filming will conclude around Thanksgiving, 2012.

  5. June 2012: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  6. Disney is eyeing a fall shoot in Los Angeles.

  7. February 2012: The film was in Development status.

Saving Mr. Banks Release Date: When was the film released?

Saving Mr. Banks was released in 2013 on Friday, December 20, 2013 (Nationwide release). There were 4 other movies released on the same date, including Walking with Dinosaurs, Wrong Cops and The Selfish Giant.

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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