The Summer of Ben Tyler Poster

Release Date: 1996

PG|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
At the onset of World War II, a Southern, white, small-town couple -- attorney Temple Rayburn (James Woods) and his loving wife, Celia (Elizabeth McGovern) -- decide to take in Ben Tyler (Charles Mattocks), the mentally challenged African-American son of their deceased housekeeper. This act of kindness is extremely controversial in their heavily segregated community, and before long the Rayburns find themselves caught in a whirlwind of political and moral issues.

Cast: James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Len Cariou, Charles Mattocks, Julia McIlvaine, Kevin Isola, Gregory Perrelli, Jack Gilpin

Director: Arthur Seidelman

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Engaging, Emotional, 1940s, Wife, Touching, Love, Sacrifice, Husband, Rescue


Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television