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asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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

Yeah, that's good but...

I don't know the point of it.

I mean, my face has cleared up but

everything else feels the same.

Well you have to stick with it.

Do you like the people in your group?

They're ok.

This one girl, she...

You know, I hope you're taking this


I mean that I hope you are trying with

all your might.

I cannot lose you to this.

You won't.

Have faith!

Well this is gonna be fun.

When was the last time all the

Griffith men went hiking together?

So how's school?


You thought about your plans?

Well college...

No, I mean...

life plans.

Well, I'm still thinking of becoming

a writer.

Listen Bobby, you always had a strong


and we've always been alright with that.

But you're getting to the age where

you're gonna have to get practical.

Alright, dreams...

they're great when you're young, but...

they don't really have...

really have a place in the real world.


You hear what I'm saying to you?


-Alright, alright. Le'ts go, let's move.


How did it go?

I'm "healed".

It was fine.

Did you two talk?

Yeah, we talked.

What did you talk about?

Mary, it was fine.

No, but this is important.

This could make him or break him.

I did the best I could.

Is that alright with you?

A lot of times, confusions like Bobby's

can be caused by a distant father or

an overbearing mother.

Well, I had both but I'm fine.



You need to participate in this.

I'm right here Mary. I'm in the room.

I think...

I've been a very good father.

And maybe you don't know this but

Bobby. I mean he was never into...

stuff that his brother and other boys

were into. He's just not interested.

So I'm not gonna force him.

Hi Bobby I'm Sheila.

Mum, who's that?

Sheila is a student in my Sunday

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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