WALT Give her to me, Mrs Travers. Trust me with your precious Mary Poppins. I wonâ€™t disappoint you. I swear that every time a person goes into a movie house - from Leicester to St Louis, they will see George Banks being saved. They will love him and his kids, they will weep for his cares, and wring their hands when he loses his job. And when he flies that kite, oh! They will rejoice, they will sing. In every movie house, all over the world, in the eyes and the hearts of my kids, and other kids and their mothers and fathers for generations to come, George Banks will be honoured. George Banks will be redeemed. George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because thatâ€™s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again. Trust me, Mrs Travers. Let me prove it to you. I give you my word.
“‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is an elegant and fascinating backstory... The film brims with thoughtful and engaging performances...” Mark Adams, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
TRAVERS I couldnâ€™t stop thinking about my beautiful girls on this beautiful day in this beautiful place and I thought to hell with it! (to Ginty and Biddy) And what do we say about beauty ladies? GINTY/BIDDY/TRAVERS A thing of beauty is a joy forever!
“As P.L. Travers, Emma Thompson is truly excellent.” Oliver Lyttelton, INDIEWIRE
“A delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future. Emma Thompson, in particular, is magic.” Helen O’Hara, EMPIRE
“...a better candidate than Tom Hanks to play Disney is hard to imagine... he captures all of his folksy charisma and canny powers of persuasion – at once father, confessor and the shrewdest of businessmen.” Scott Foundas, VARIETY
EXT. BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL - POOL - NIGHT Pamela sits by the pool, arms clasped around her, looking at the stars. The pink and green of the hotel shimmers in the water making it look like a chalk painting. TRAVERS (V.O.) The world is an illusion Ginty.
TRAVERS I’ll make us a good life. (beat) I promise. (beat) I’ll make you proud again.
Mary Poppins costume sketch, ca. 1963
Mr. Banks costume sketch, ca. 1963
Items from the MARY POPPINS premiere
Story sketch of Mary Poppins
Artwork of Mary Poppinsâ€™ parrot-head umbrella.
Don DaGradi sketch of: (TOP LEFT) Head of Story Department, Bill Dover, (TOP RIGHT) Richard Sherman & (MIDDLE LEFT) Robert Sherman
Don DaGradi sketch of P.L.Travers seated
Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, 1964
Costume designs were done by Tony Walton. Original character/costume sketch of Mrs. Banks
Dick Van Dyke, Walt Disney and Julie Andrews, 1964
Don DaGradi sketch of Robert Sherman
Don DaGradi sketch of Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Sherman, 1963
Julie Andrews, Walt Disney and P.L. Travers at the premiere of MARY POPPINS in Hollywood, CA, 1964
Richard Sherman, Julie Andrews, Irwin Kostal, Dick Van Dyke and Robert Sherman, 1964
Robert and Richard Sherman, 1961
“The excellent script is sensitive and personal...” Oliver Lyttelton, INDIEWIRE
Mrs. Banks costume sketch, ca. 1963
“The production design and costumes are top notch.” Mark Adams, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
â€œIt casts a fresh light on a classic Hollywood story, and is anchored by a fine turn from Emma Thompson. Her blend of steeliness and vulnerability really lingers in the memory.â€? Ashley Clark, INDIEWIRE
PAMELA ....My point is that, unlike yourself, Mary Poppins is the very enemy of sentiment and whimsy. She is truthful, she doesn’t sugar coat the darkness in the world that these children will eventually come to know. She prepares them for it, she deals in honesty. One must clean one’s room; it won’t magically do it itself!
WALT Where did she come from? Who?
WALT I think you know who. PAMELA She flew in through the window one day. WALT Through the window huh? Pamela nods curtly. WALT It’s just that easy isn’t it Mrs Travers? He sees right through her. WALT I know you don’t wanna be here so I’m gonna take you to one ride-- my favourite amusement and then I’ll set you free. Way ahead of them the carousel spins in the distance.
â€œEmma Thompson takes charge of the central role of P.L. Travers with an authority that makes you wonder how anybody else could ever have been considered.â€? Leslie Felperin, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
PAMELA Though proper English would be ‘Let us go and fly a kite.’ Bob glares at her. PAMELA But I might be willing to overlook that. BOB Did we get that on tape? Everybody sighs with relief and Pamela looks to the caricature of Mr Banks with deep warmth.
TRAVERS Can’t put me finger on what lies in store-We give chase but cannot catch up-TRAVERS (CONT’D) But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before-And the umbrella floats up, up, up into the atmosphere and away-FADE OUT:
BEST PICTURE Produced by
ALISON OWEN, IAN COLLIE and PHILIP STEUER Best Director JOHN LEE HANCOCK
Best Film Editing MARK LIVOLSI, A.C.E.
Best Actress EMMA THOMPSON
Best Sound Mixing
Best Supporting Actor TOM HANKS
Best Supporting Actor COLIN FARRELL Best Original Screenplay KELLY MARCEL and SUE SMITH Best Cinematography JOHN SCHWARTZMAN, ASC Best Production Design Production Designer: MICHAEL CORENBLITH Set Decorator: SUSAN BENJAMIN
Production Sound Mixer: JOHN PRITCHETT Re-Recording Mixers: D AVID E. FLUHR,
Best Sound Editing
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