Prayers for Bobby

Synopsis: In "Prayers for Bobby," Mary Griffith (Sigourney Weaver) is a devout Christian who raises her children with the conservative teachings of the Presbyterian Church. However, when her son Bobby (Ryan Kelley) confides to his older brother he may be gay, life changes for the entire family after Mary learns about his secret. While Bobby's father (Henry Czerny) and siblings slowly come to terms with his homosexuality, Mary believes God can cure him of what she considers his 'sin' and persuades Bobby to pray harder and seek solace in church activities in hopes of changing him. Desperate for his mother's approval, Bobby does what is asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed. Guilty over the pain he is causing Mary, Bobby moves away, yet hopes that some day his mother will accept him. His subsequent depression and self-loathing intensifies as he blames himself for not being the 'perfect' son and is
Director(s): Russell Mulcahy
Production: Unknown
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations.
90 min

What you've become!

What I am!

I'm sorry. I'm not the perfect little Bobby you always wanted.

But I can't keep apologizing for it Mum.

Accept me as I am or forget it.

I won't have a gay son.

Then Mum you don't have a son.



Did you really think she'd change, Bobby?

She meant it.

She meant that.

I really want you to be happy.

And I'm sure that guy's really nice.

No matter what. She'll never accept it.

It's gonna be a lonely life because he'll never be welcome here.

And for Christmas, Thanksgiving, anything.

Don't worry about Mum too much. She'll come around.

I'm not gonna hold my breath.

Here you go.

The parachute pants!


I'll send you my first novel when I write it.

Bye Buck-Tooth!

Take care, ok?

Drive safe.

... most of the new cases up to 5 a day seem to be settled in the homosexual community...

The AIDS becoming known as the gay disease.


your Mum went alot for your birthday.

No card.

A sweater and "AIDS - The Wrath of God".


Happy birthday!

You can't expect anything different from her, Bobby.

She's not gonna change.

Birthdays were always a big deal for all of us.

I'm just not in the all of us anymore.

Can't get that throughout my head.

There's David.

Talk to you later.

You sure this is ok?

They're gonna love you.

Let's go.

Dad, do you have to tell that story?

Hey, I felt I had to.

Yes. And I've got about a dozen more where that came from if you're interested.

Oh, oh no thanks.

So Bobby...

tell us more about you.

You grew up in Walnut Creek, right?

David says you're very close to your family.


So how are your parents with you being gay?

Not good.


Maybe it's hard for them at first.

They'll come around.

You seem like a wonderful young man.

I'm sure they love you.

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