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is asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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


- Cheers to that!

- Cheers to that!

It's great to meet you Bobby.

So how did you guys meet?

You know Janette?...

It's a sin.

It's not natural.

He'll never be welcome here.

Why do you keep choosing this?

Sometimes I hurt so bad...

And I'm scared and I'm alone.

I'm sure they love you.

I'm damned.

I'm slowly sinking in a vast lake of quick sand.

A bottomless pool.

I wish I could crawl under a rock and sleep forever.

You've reached David.

I'm not here right now but if you leave a message after the beep, I'll get right back to you.

Have a good one...

Hey David it's Bobby.

I thought you'd be there.

Look I'm...

I really need someone to talk to and I was hoping you'd be there.


dear lord, continue to convict Bobby's heart off sin.

That he may find his way

The way of purity,

the way of the righteous.

It's a sin.

It's not natural.

I won't have a gay son.

You're gonna be late for school.

You're the one who slept in.

Ok, then we're both gonna be late for school.

Meet you in the car.

- OK!

- Hello?

Janette, what's wrong?


What's wrong?


What's wrong?

Nancy, get out of here!




Hi. Hi, Janette...

Mary, you've been called up front and he said to bring your purse.

Probably one of the kids that needs money again.

I need a break anyway.


What is it?

Bobby killed himself.

He jumped off a bridge.

He... He's gone.

Help me!

Help me!!

My son is dead!

Let me out!

Let me out!

My son is dead!

Let me out!

Joy, slow down. What's wrong?

Thank you.

Death of a loved one is always tragic

But the death of a young person can be particularly painful.

Because that person had his whole life ahead of him.

Bobby was only 20 years old.

We'll never know who he could have been. Or what he could have accomplished.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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