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asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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


Maybe the two of you could spend

some quality time together.

Yes, sure.

That's all she said for 60$ an hour?

She also wants the 3 of us to go to

a few sessions together.

What? So it's our fault?

No no... I don't know about it but

it's fine if he goes.

Bob, I want you to be a part of this.

I can't do it alone, ok?

I read that homosexuals have sex

in public bathrooms,

and that they recruit children.

What are you saying?

Do you think Bobby was recruited?

Come on Mary, you're going overboard.

You got to do something about this.

I won't lose him.

Dear lord, we ask that you keep

Bobby safe from temptation.

Please help him return to a pure heart.

Do you think this will heal me?

You have to trust the God will heal you.

And that Satan will try to discourage


Do you trust in god?


Now let me go to sleep.

When temptation is all around you,

faith is not enough.

It requires discipline

Not just mental, but physical.

Who would like to share their story?

I used to be so unhappy.

I stayed out all night,

I talked back to my mother.

Since coming here and accepting Jesus

as my savior,

I've changed..

My Mum and I are like best friends now.

That's great Kerry.

The power of prayer and hard work.

Bobby what about you?

How are you coming along?


Well, you feel better. Don't you?

I can see it in your eyes.

Your hard works' paid off. Hasn't it?


Let's sing, shall we?

Nothing I do seems to make a difference.

I try to act like them but

it feels impossible.

It's an awful feeling to believe you can

be headed straight for the fires of hell.

Even worse is everyone telling you

how simple the solution is.

They don't know what it is to be

in my shoes.

I'm running, I'm not eating junk food.

Good, good!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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