PG certificateSaving Mr. Banks is a Film programme that first aired in 2013 and has been classified a PG certificate.

Saving Mr. Banks is a 4 star programme

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Directed by
John Lee Hancock

Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks bring the story behind Disney's Mary Poppins to life in this uplifting drama.

Thompson stars as PL Travers, the exacting British author of the children's books, who under normal circumstances wouldn't entertain a film adaptation by the famously frivolous Walt Disney (Hanks). However, Travers has fallen on hard times and with the loss of her house a real possibility, she flies to LA to oversee a script that's in the works.

Inevitably, the starchy Travers clashes with Disney and his team and expresses an open distaste for their saccharine, sing-song plans for the picture. Will the charismatic cartoon magnate find a way to loosen the author's vice-like grip on her creation?

The director of The Blind Side delivers another heartwarming drama, featuring a virtuoso, BAFTA-nominated performance from Thompson.

Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson star as Travers' parents in flashbacks depicting the author's troubled childhood, as well as the nanny that inspired her story.

But the film really sings in the scenes that show (with a spoonful of dramatic irony) how Travers and the Disney creatives failed to see eye to eye as the Mary Poppins we know came to be.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 135 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2013

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA/UK/Australia

Filmed in Colour


Image for Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson...P.L. Travers
Image for Tom HanksTom Hanks...Walt Disney
Image for Annie Rose BuckleyAnnie Rose Buckley...Ginty
Image for Colin FarrellColin Farrell...Travers Goff
Image for Ruth WilsonRuth Wilson...Margaret Goff
Image for Paul GiamattiPaul Giamatti...Ralph
Image for Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford...Don DaGradi
B.J. Novak...Robert Sherman
Image for Jason SchwartzmanJason Schwartzman...Richard Sherman
Lily Bigham...Biddy
Image for Kathy BakerKathy Baker...Tommie
Melanie Deanne Moore...Dolly
Andy McPhee...Mr. Belhatchett
Image for Rachel GriffithsRachel Griffiths...Aunt Ellie
Ronan Vibert...Diarmuid Russell