Saving Mr. Banks ~ staring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford
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.
We will meet at 3:45 pm. The movie starts at 4:20 pm. Don't forget to purchase your ticket when you arrive. We will wait in the outer lobby where you purchase your ticket for about 10 minutes and then go in as a group. If you are late, just find a seat and meet us outside the theater after the movie.
After the movie we will gather at a nearby restaurant for some conversation and a bite to eat.
NO contribution will be collected for this event. But, I will be collecting $2.00 at the first movie you attend in 2014 to help with the cost of maintaining the web site for this year.
See you at the movies!