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asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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

I'm just looking out for you.

What's up Bobby?

Ready to go?

Hey Bobby.


She's not your type.

Too much eye shadow.

What's wrong with Michelle?

We broke up.

Talk to you guys later.

Not telling the truth...

sometimes I feel like I'm at

the edge of a cliff,

looking down at the crashing surf

with nowhere to go but down.

I used to have these fun dreams

when I was so free.

But now, as I fly,

I'm afraid.

They are telephone lines and

electrical wires.

How painful it would be to run into one.

I wonder if I'll ever be free again.


Bobby? Bobby?

Hey! Bobby? What did you do? Ha?

Did you take these?

Answer me!


Is that the truth?

I couldn't do it, ok?

Get off me.

I wanted to but I couldn't.

What's wrong with you?

Why I couldn't do it?

Because it's a sin.

Bobby, what are you talking about?

I didn't wanna go to hell, but...

I am.

Cause this is worse.

Bobby, you're scaring me.

What's going on?

You'd all hate me.

I know it. I know that if you guys

knew the truth, you'd hate me.


Whatever it is...

we'll tell Mum...


No. Mum wouldn't understand. OK?

She can't know.

Then you have to tell me right now.

I'm not like you Ed.

So what?

I keep trying.

I keep telling myself that one day

I'm gonna wake up and it's gonna

be different. But it's not.

I don't dream...

about girls, like you do.

I dream about guys.

You're gay?!


You even say it like you hate me.

Bob, gimme a break.

I don't know what to do!

-We'll tell Mum and dad.



They can help, Bobby. They always

want us to come to them.

They can help.

I can't! Ok?

And you're not gonna say

anything either.

Promise me.

Promise me you're not gonna

say anything.

Ed, promise!


I promise.

Mum, if there was something wrong

with one of your kids, you always

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