The Summer of Ben Tyler (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Summer of Ben Tyler (1996)





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A man who acts upon his conscience opens a Pandora's box of racism and intolerance in this made-for-TV drama. Temple Rayburn (James Woods) is an attorney who lives and works in a small Southern community in the 1940s. When Rayburn and his wife Celia (Elizabeth McGovern) encounter a young man named Ben Tyler (Charles Mattocks) -- an African-American youth who is retarded and has nowhere to go -- they take pity on him and allow him to stay in their home. However, at a time and place when black and white citizens were not allowed to use the same drinking fountains, Temple's decision raises more than a few eyebrows, and the Rayburn household soon becomes the center of a local political firestorm. The Summer of Ben Tyler was originally aired as part of the award-winning anthology series The Hallmark Hall of Fame.


James Woods
as Temple Rayburn
Elizabeth McGovern
as Celia Rayburn
Len Cariou
as Spencer Maitland
Kevin Isola
as Junius Maitland
Julia McIlvaine
as Nell Rayburn
Clifton James
as Chief Sam Thomkins
Anita Gillette
as Suellen Maples
Millie Perkins
as Doris Carpenter
Jack Gilpin
as Carter Glenn
Novella Nelson
as Rosetta Tyler
Ed Grady
as Dr. Ringgold
Ronn Carroll
as Judge Kragen
Gregg Perrelli
as Scooter Maitland
Judith Ivey
as Narrator
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Depicts the challenges of a lawyer with principles and a belief that it is always important to do the right thing.

August 26, 2002 | Full Review…

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