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The Summer of Ben Tyler (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  15 December 1996 (USA)
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Temple Rayburn
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Celia Rayburn
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Spencer Maitland
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Nell Rayburn
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Junius Maitland
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Chief Sam Thompkins
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Suellen
Charles Mattocks ...
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Rosetta Tyler
Mary Lucy Bivins
Sharlene Thomas
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Dr. Ringgold
Ronn Carroll ...
Judge Kragen
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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language
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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Summer of Ben Tyler (#46.2)  »

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A very satisfying drama; reminiscent of "To Kill a Mockingbird".
22 April 1999 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) – See all my reviews

Atticus Finch, move over! There's another morally strong Southern lawyer, with a pretty wife and a rambunctious young daughter, and he's ready to take some of your case load!

"The Summer of Ben Tyler", set early during World War II, has a lot to say about love, honor, relationships, commitment and power. Keeping their promise to their dying black housekeeper, a white family takes in her teenage mentally-slow son. The movie details the joys and conflicts the family faces as a result of their decision.

Similarities to Atticus aside, I found this movie to be very emotionally satisfying. Everything in life may not turn out the way you expect, or the way you choose, but the difficult lessons you learn en route are "character building".

If you're seeking a strong drama that the whole family can watch, discuss and learn from, I heartily recommend this wonderful movie.


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