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asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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

school class.

You got me a date?

You need to go out with lots of girls.

And your dad thinks so too.

Can I at least pick my own?

I donnot think that you are.

Have fun.

You look nifty. Do you want a brownie for energy?


-Take them up! No?!

Hello. Who's this?

That's my brother Ed.


-Hi, I'm Sheila.

-Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you too.


-Are you up to see my friends?


So you're never gonna talk to me again?


What if she wants me

to kiss her goodnight?

Tell her you're gay.

Watch out fag.

Did you tell your friends?

Bobby, that's not my friend.

You told everyone I'm gay?

I haven't told anyone. Stop being

so paranoid.

You all hate me for it.

I know you don't think I see it but I do.

I gotta go.


It's 3 in the morning!

Sorry I lost track of time.

Where were you?


You weren't with homosexuals, were you?

This is not you.

This is temptation working its ways.

You have to pray harder if you're going to get well.

Good night, Mum.

Pray for forgiveness right away.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22

It was fine, girls. But I gotta go.


Bobby! Hey!

Where's Joy?

She's at work so she asked me to pick you up.

You're welcome.

- What's with you?

- What?

You think I didn't notice that?

You don't want your friends to see me.

Some people wouldn't understand.

And now it's so obvious...

What did you tell them?

Well look the way you're wearing.

And I told you time after time not to do that thing with your arm.

Makes you look like a girl and you continue to do it.

- I'm always dressed this way.

- No, you haven't. It's gotten worse.

Why you're doing this?

I'm trying to help you.

No, you're not.

You're trying to help YOU!

It's not about me. It's about what people think about you.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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