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Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley ... see more see more... , Ed Wynn , Karen Dotrice , Matthew Garber , Elsa Lanchester , Arthur Treacher , Reginald Owen , Reta Shaw , Jane Darwell , Cyril Delevanti , Lester Matthews , Clive L. Halliday , Marjorie Bennett , Alma Lawton , Marjorie Eaton , Sam Harris , Doris Lloyd , James Logan , Arthur Malet , Don Barclay , Dal McKennon , J. Pat O'Malley

Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney's personally supe... read more read more...rvised films. The Travers stories are bundled together to tell the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette mother (Glynis Johns), and the two "impossible" children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). The kids get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. Whem Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children's ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary's old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert's chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in a cartoon countryside. Later, they pay a visit to Bert's Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), who laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he's not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins' role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her "mistakes" lead to a happy result by the end of the film. In 2001, Mary Poppins was rereleased in a special "sing-along" edition with subtitles added to the musical numbers so audiences could join in with the onscreen vocalists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: March 24, 1998

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  • fb733768972
    December 23, 2013
    Although it's running time is a bit of a drag at times, "Mary Poppins" boasts strong musical numbers and many story elements that kids and adults can relate to. I will say that with age, this film does begin to grow a little slow, and I'm sure I'll get tons of hate for this, but ... read moreit just does not connect well today. I feel like kids will love it, and I highly enjoyed watching it, but for what it is, it should be kept stored away until your kids can watch it. The most interesting things happen during the first half of the picture, which upset me a little, because I wanted a little more in the finale of the film. Sure the musical numbers are nice, but there are too many in my opinion. All in all, "Mary Poppins" is a very charming film that you can enjoy at any time, and even though it's not one of my personal favourite Disney films, it's still a very strong one.
  • June 12, 2012
    Mary Poppins is one Disney's greatest live action films. Brilliantly acted with plenty of memorable songs, this is a great film to watch with the entire family. Brilliantly directed by Robert Stevenson and with a strong lead performance in Julie Andrews as the title character, th... read moreis is a great classic that is a must see for anyone who loves Disney. This is a memorable film from start to finish, one that is entertaining for the entire family. This is yet another Disney classic and it is among the best live action films that the studio has produced. This very engaging from start to finish and it's impossible to not like this. This film has charm, heart and plenty of family friendly moments. This was Disney in their prime, at the peak of their creative energy and it shows. Mary Poppins is one of the best live features that Disney has put. If you haven't seen it yet, then definitely watch it with your kids. This is an enjoyable film that people of all ages can enjoy. This film is lots of fun from start from start to finish, and it's a very memorable viewing experience. Due to its charm and heart, Mary Poppins delivers an entertaining two hours of great entertainment. This among the best live action films that Disney has put out, and it still great after all these years. Once you watch it, you'll understand why this film is so endearing to its viewers. A must see film, one that is quite hard to forget. This will certainly be among Disney fans favorite films, a great film no matter what age you are.
  • January 24, 2012
    A lot of Mary Poppins, even for a Disney movie is a bit silly. But I could ignore that fact though because it had a lot of charm and spunk to make up for it.
  • November 7, 2011
    Mary Poppins changed my life at the age of four and made me want to pursue a career of creativity and joy. It was the first film I ever saw, either in a theater or on TV. My mother sneaked me into a Montreal cinema to see this in 1964, when I was 4. At the time, children under s... read moreix weren't admitted to Quebec movie theaters.

    This film is haunting, funny, scary, tuneful and deeply meaningful. Its characters, magic and songs have stayed with any one who has seen throughout their lives. It's about childhood - and adulthood, and getting ones childhood back in adult life, even though you never noticed that it had disappeared.

    For adults who haven't seen it since childhood, it has a different resonance. The one performance that stands out is the note perfect, subtle and affecting performance by David Tomlinson as Mr. Banks. The whole story of the film turns on him, (kids would probably not notice this) and he manages to be in turns: clueless, belligerent, regretful and finally, a flawed, loving and deeply human father.

    I need not say much about Andrews and Van Dyke's charisma, chemistry and musical genius, they are perfection, Dick's horrible cockney accent actually doesn't matter a bit. And I'm a stickler for accents. The songs are the best crop of fresh, original songs ever written for a English language film. For anyone curious, I'd recommend 'The Boys' a very touching documentary about the composers, the Sherman brothers.

    The film is stodgily, but effectively directed, and is overly long. That said, it well deserves its 100% rating and will live forever, whichever way people are screening movies in next few hundred years. Every kid I know loves this film, boys and girls alike. I look foward to the Blu Ray version of this masterpiece.
  • August 15, 2011
    Mary poppins is a American drea, almost everyone has seen Mary Poppins and if you have and do not like it well too bad for you, it a great movie and almost everyone loves it I think, great music and acting, awesome.
  • fb1341085175
    August 13, 2011
    Walt Disney's live-action masterpiece is even better on the big screen. And it is always surprising how well it ages (much better than The Sound of Music) and how well written and scripted it is. The soundtrack is one of the best ever put to film.
  • August 12, 2011
  • June 24, 2011
    A childhood favourite and a classic!
  • May 23, 2011
    A fantastic performance from Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Ed Wynn, plus great effects and songs.
  • April 7, 2011
    This film is about a family that has a hard time keeping a nanny. The father Mr. Banks who was so strict that he demands that his nannies treat kids like lower than life without letting being kids and having a full childhood. Then Mary Poppin taught the kids and the parents to h... read moreave fun and how to be less strict. This film has really good plot and good acting. I felt like I was in the film too. I really like the dancing and the music. If u likes a silly kids film, you should give this a try.

Critic Reviews

April 24, 2009
TIME Magazine

The sets are luxuriant, the songs lilting, the scenario witty but impeccably sentimental, and the supporting cast only a pinfeather short of perfection. Full Review

Dave Kehr
March 3, 2008
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

The grace of the effects makes it some kind of classic. Full Review

Variety Staff
March 3, 2008
Variety Staff, Variety

Julie Andrews' first appearance on the screen is a signal triumph and she performs as easily as she sings, displaying a fresh type of beauty nicely adaptable to the color cameras. Full Review

June 24, 2006
Time Out

Compared to even 'sophisticated' juvenile fodder, the sheer exuberance of Disney's adaptation of PL Travers' children's classic should tickle the most jaded fancy. Full Review

James Plath
December 10, 2013
James Plath, Movie Metropolis

Van Dyke (exaggerated Cockney accent and all) and Andrews have great chemistry together, but it's really her interaction with the children and the magic of the story and the visual effects that charm ... Full Review

Peter Canavese
December 9, 2013
Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews

One of the great movie musicals and of that rare breed of deathless family entertainment that's guaranteed to transfix children, well beyond this, its fiftieth anniversary. [Blu-ray] Full Review

Noel Murray
December 9, 2013
Noel Murray, The Dissolve

Whether the movie's message is Travers-approved or not, the emphasis on joy and empathy proves heartening, even today. Full Review

Dan Jardine
September 16, 2013
Dan Jardine, Daily-Reviews

The entire set was constructed indoors and it shows: the "outdoor" scenes are bathed in a dull gray light Full Review

Common Sense Media Editors
January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media

World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun. Full Review

Tim Brayton
November 29, 2010
Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the best films ever produced by Disney, indeed one of the best American films of the 1960s... a fantasy of the most delicate touch and charming disposition. Full Review

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