Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

Saving Mr. Banks Details


The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to P.L. Travers 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 13, 2013


Awarded by
National Board of Review Emma Thompson Best Actor 2013 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Emma Thompson Best Actress 2013 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Emma Thompson Best Actress 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Emma Thompson Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2013 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Thomas Newman Best Original Music 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Thomas Newman Best Score 2013 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Daniel Orlandi Best Costume Design 2013 Nominee


Emma Thompson
as P.L. Travers
Tom Hanks
as Walt Disney
Colin Farrell
as Robert Goff Travers
Bradley Whitford
as Don DaGradi
Paul Giamatti
as Ralph
Jason Schwartzman
as Richard Morton Sherman
Ruth Wilson
as Margaret Goff
B.J. Novak
as Robert Sherman
Kathy Baker
as Tommie
Rachel Griffiths
as Aunt Ellie


John Lee Hancock
Philip Steuer
Alison Owen
Ian Collie
John Schwartzman
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Livolsi
Michael Corenblith
Production Designer
Paul Trijbits
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Andrew Mason
Executive Producer
Troy Lum
Executive Producer
Daniel Orlandi
Costume Designer