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The Summer of Ben Tyler (1996)

PG
TV Movie | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

A man who acts upon his conscience opens a Pandora's box of racism and intolerance. 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 ...See moreA man who acts upon his conscience opens a Pandora's box of racism and intolerance. 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. Written by Charles Goldstein See less
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Updated Dec 15, 1996

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Dec 15, 1996 (United States)

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18 cast members
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James Woods
Temple Rayburn Temple Rayburn   See fewer
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Elizabeth McGovern
Celia Rayburn Celia Rayburn   See fewer
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Len Cariou
Spencer Maitland Spencer Maitland   See fewer
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Julia McIlvaine
Nell Rayburn Nell Rayburn   See fewer
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Kevin Isola
Junius Maitland Junius Maitland   See fewer
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Clifton James
Chief Sam Thompkins Chief Sam Thompkins   See fewer
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Anita Gillette
Suellen Suellen   See fewer
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Charles Mattocks
Ben Tyler Ben Tyler   See fewer
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Jack Gilpin
Carter Glenn Carter Glenn   See fewer
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Novella Nelson
Rosetta Tyler Rosetta Tyler   See fewer
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Mary Lucy Bivins
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Sharlene Thomas
Actress Actress   See fewer
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Ed Grady
Dr. Ringgold Dr. Ringgold   See fewer
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Ronn Carroll
Judge Kragen Judge Kragen   See fewer
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Gregory Perrelli
Scooter Maitland (as Gregg Perrelli) Scooter Maitland (as Gregg Perrelli)   See fewer
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Judith Ivey
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Assistant District Attorney (uncredited) Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 144 votes