The Summer of Ben Tyler

Why We're Feeln It

An exceptionally well-crafted film in the vein of To Kill A Mockingbird, James Woods was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in the lead role. Elizabeth McGovern plays the role of his wife equally well with her subtle brilliance. Despite the heavy subject matter, this film remains uplifting and hopeful. The story positively expresses messages of loyalty, morality, and strength, making it a great film for the whole family.


During WWII, in a sleepy Southern town, lawyer Temple Rayburn has a promising practice, an adoring wife, and a precocious daughter. Everything seems right when Temple is urged to run for the State Senate. But as Temple soon discovers, the quid pro quo nature of politics will put his moral fiber to the test. On her deathbed, the family's African-American maid Rosetta extracts a promise from them to take care of her mentally challenged son, Ben. Much to the chagrin of provincial neighbors, they oblige and take Ben in to live with them. This act of liberal charity sets off a chain of events that will change the town forever.

Starring James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern.

Starring: James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Len Cariou

Directed by : Arthur Allan Seidelman


Drama / Movies



Run Time

1 hr 39 min


United States


Temple Rayburn: James Woods

Celia Rayburn: Elizabeth McGovern

Spencer Maitland: Len Cariou


Directed by: Arthur Allan Seidelman

Written by: Robert Inman

Executive Producer: Richard Welsh

Executive Producer: Sharon Cicero

Edited by: Toni Morgan