Saving Mr. Banks Movie Quotes

"Saving Mr. Banks" movie quotes tell the story of the making of the film "Mary Poppins" by Walt Disney and P.L. Travers, the author of the book. The story, based on actual events, was written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith for the film directed by John Lee Hancock. "Saving Mr. Banks" first opened in the United States on December 13, 2013.

In "Saving Mr. Banks," P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) travels to Los Angeles to meet with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) to discuss his desire to purchase film rights to her book Mary Poppins. It's clear from the start that Walt Disney and P.L. Travers are on much different levels of comfort, with her insisting to be called Mrs. Travers and him Walt. This certainly does not help his cause to obtain the film rights as her biggest fear is that he will produce some cartoonish and disrespectful adaptation of a story so near to her heart.

To get her to agree to the film, Walt Disney shows her the happiness that the Disney brand brings, including a personal tour of Disneyland, plus tries to understand the root of why this story is so special. He soon learns that it's not just a tale but a representation of her own childhood with her father the basis for the father in the book, Mr. Banks.

"Saving Mr. Banks" opened with critical acclaim but it's not the only blockbuster showing during the 2013 holiday season with competition from films such as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," "The Last Days on Mars," "12 Years a Slave," "Frozen," "Oldboy," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," "Ender's Game, "The Counselor," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Don Jon," "Rush, and "Prisoners".

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    Never Ever Just Mary

    Never Ever Just Mary
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    Don DaGradi: "Good morning, Pamela!"
    P.L. Travers: "It's so discomforting to hear a perfect stranger to use my first name. Mrs. Travers, please"
    Don DaGradi: "I do… do apologize, Mrs. Travers. I'm Don DaGradi, the scriptwriter."
    P.L. Travers: "Co-scriptwriter. I shall certainly be having my say, Mr. DrGradi."
    Don DaGradi: "Uh, wonderful, I welcome your input."
    P.L. Travers: "If indeed we ever sign off on the script"
    Don DaGradi: "Right um, this is the rest of your team. This is Dick and Bob Sherman, music and lyrics. Boy, this is the one and only P.L. Travers, the creator of our beloved Mary."
    P.L. Travers: "Poppins"
    Don DaGradi: "Who else?"
    P.L. Travers: "Never ever just Mary… Pleasure to meet you. I fear we shan't be acquainted for very long."
    Robert Sherman: "Why is that?"
    P.L. Travers: "Because these books simply do not lend themselves to chirping and prancing, no, certainly not a musical. Now where is Mr. Disney? I'd certainly like to get this started and finished as briskly as humanly possible. Perhaps someone could point me in his direction. That'd be super. Thank you."

    Things do not start out on a good note when before the negotiations over Mary Poppins begin, one studio executive has mildly offended P.L. Travers. Regardless, she's ready to get down to business and meet with Walt Disney.
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    My Name Is Mrs. Travers

    My Name Is Mrs. Travers
    Video: YouTube

    Walt Disney: "Well, Pamela Travers, you can't imagine how excited I am to finally meet you."
    P.L. Travers: "Would you mind my name is Mrs. Travers, Mr. Disney."
    Walt Disney: "Walt now you gotta call me Walt."

    As evident in their initial exchange, P.L. Travers and Walt Disney have very different levels of seriousness. To think that this would stop as the negotiations continue is foolish, in fact, that divide only intensifies.
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    They're Family to Me

    They're Family to Me
    Video: YouTube

    Walt Disney: "Where did she come from?"
    P.L. Travers: "Mary Poppins and the Banks, they're family to me."
    Walt Disney: "Mary Poppins was a real person? So it's not the children she comes to save. It's their father. It's your father."

    In an effort to understand more about the story, Walt Disney asks about Mary Poppins. As he soon learns, she was real and personally touched the lives of Mrs. Travers.
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    Responstible Is Not a Word

    Responstible Is Not a Word
    Video: YouTube

    P.L. Travers: "No, no, no, no, no! 'Responstible' is not a word!"
    Richard Sherman: "We made it up."
    P.L. Travers: "Well, un-make it up."
    Richard Sherman: [quickly hides sheet music to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"]

    Creating the music for Mary Poppins is quite the challenge when the songwriters are pushing for whimsical tunes with made up words and P.L. Travers, the writer of the story, is not having any of that whatsoever.
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    I Promised Them, Pam

    I Promised Them, Pam
    Video: YouTube

    Walt Disney: "Twenty years ago, I made a promise to my daughters that I would make your Mary Poppins fly off the pages of your books. I promised them, Pam."

    Explaining the premise of the film, this segment shows Walt Disney telling P.L. Travers his intention to purchase the rights to her book Mary Poppins to make a film. This seems like an easy task but it is easier said than done.
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    It Smells

    It Smells
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    Ralph: "Welcome, Mrs. P.L. Travers, to the City of Angels."
    P.L. Travers: "It smells... of…"
    Ralph: "Jasmine?"
    P.L. Travers: "Chlorine, and sweat"

    As the story begins, Ralph picks up P.L. Travers from the airport to begin her visit from England to Los Angeles to speak with Walt Disney about licensing her story, Mary Poppins, for a film. The smell is just one of several cultural shocks she faces along the way.