Lily in Winter ~ Made-for-TV ~ (1994) ~ Natalie Cole, Marla Gibbs, Brian Bonsall
Set in the 1950s, a New York African-American housekeeper becomes a reluctant accessory to a crime, and is unjustly accused of kidnapping her young white charge when she and the boy suddenly disappear.
Starring: Natalie Cole as Lily Covington, Brian Bonsall as Michael Towler, Marla Gibbs as Maize Covington, Cecil Hoffman as Donna Towler, Dwier Brown as Jim Towler, Montae Russell as Booker Covington (as Monté Russell), Rae'Ven Kelly as Louetta Covington (as Rae'ven Kelly), Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Ada Covington (as Salli Richardson), James Pickens Jr. as Chick, Matthew Faison as Harrington, W. Earl Brown asSherrif Boyd, Bruno Alexander as Jarreau, Jay Brooks as Wagon Driver, T.J. Castronovo as Cabbie, and Sami Chester as Jesse.
Natalie Cole makes her feature length dramatic acting debut in this heart-warming film. Cole stars as Lily Covington, a Manhattan housekeeper who embarks on a trip to the rural Alabama town of her youth.
To Lily’s surprise, her employer’s nine year old son Michael ( Brian Bonsall ) stows away for the ride. Together, Lily and Michael realize just how alike and how different their worlds really are. Michael explores a way of life he never knew existed, while Lily discovers some tender truths about the family she left behind.
A moving story of fate, friendship, and the ties that bind, Lily in Winter is wonderful family entertainment any season of the year.
Run time: 94m
B&W / Color: Color