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asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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

Bobby was a good young man but he was lost.

By giving into temptation, he strayed.

Then desillusioned,

he chose to end his life.

Now we know to condemn the sin,

not the sinner,

it was this sin that Bobby succombed to.

It led to his unhappiness.

And it led him

to take his own life.

As goodness begets goodness,

so does sin begets sin.

They're ok with this?

They're running low on sandwiches.

Mum, do you think Bobby got salvation?

I don't know.

Suicide is a sin.

But maybe God knows that Bobby wasn't in his right mind?.

I mean...

Why would God allow Booby to go to hell if it was in his power to cure him?

I don't know Mary!

Clear yourself together.

People are unconfortable enough.

Thank for coming.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Mrs Griffith. Mr. Griffith..

I'm David.

I was a friend of Bobby's.

I wanna offer my condolences.

He was an amazing young man.

I'm so sorry.

Aunt Mary...

David is a good person.

All of Bobby's friends were.

When Bobby was here, he was under control.

Then he moves to Portland and someone puts all these ideas into his head.

It wasn't like that.

David cared for Bobby.

We're his family.

We know how to help me,

he wanted to change, to be closer to god.

To be closer to YOU!

Then he went further and further into that life style and he couldn't get out.

Do you believe everything they tell you in church?

I know you and uncle Bob meant with that serment...

Bobby knew the repercussions about homosexual lifestyle.

Bobby was good, descent and kind.

Someone who didn't even know Bobby stood up there and condemned him, and you let him.

Bobby did everything he could to make himself acceptable to you.

He was so good, and bright, and funny. He should be praised.

I'm sorry you can't see it that way.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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