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Mary Poppins (1964)

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Critic Consensus: A lavish modern fairy tale celebrated for its amazing special effects, catchy songs, and Julie Andrews's legendary performance in the title role.

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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 supervised 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.

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Cast

Julie Andrews
as Mary Poppins
Glynis Johns
as Mrs. Banks
Ed Wynn
as Uncle Albert
Reta Shaw
as Mrs. Brill
Karen Dotrice
as Jane Banks
Elsa Lanchester
as Katie Nanna
Arthur Treacher
as Constable Jones
Reginald Owen
as Admiral Boom
Jane Darwell
as Bird Woman
Arthur Malet
as Mr. Dawes Jr.
Don Barclay
as Mr. Binnacle
Alma Lawton
as Mrs. Corry
Marjorie Eaton
as Miss Persimmon
Cyril Delevanti
as Mr. Grubbs
Lester Matthews
as Mr. Tomes
Clive L. Halliday
as Mr. Mousely
Doris Lloyd
as Depositor
Sam Harris
as Citizen
James Logan
as Bank Doorman
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Critic Reviews for Mary Poppins

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (5)

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… | April 24, 2009
TIME Magazine
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The grace of the effects makes it some kind of classic.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
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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… | March 3, 2008
Variety
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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… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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I find it irresistible. Plenty of other adults will feel the same way. And, needless to say, so will the kids.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This is easily the best of Disney's experiments in combining animation and live action, and one of the studio's best-loved films.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Mary Poppins

A magical Disney film that marvels us with fantastic special effects, a splendid combination of live action and animation, an unforgettable performance by Julie Andrews and a great amount of memorable musical numbers that stay in our heads and make us hum them for hours after the movie is over.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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 it 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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

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, this 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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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