Prayers for Bobby

Prayers for Bobby

Director: Russell Mulcahy Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley


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A conservative Presbyterian mother reaches out to the gay community for support after driving her homosexual son to suicide in this made-for-television movie adapted from Leroy Aaron's 1995 novel. Bobby Griffith (Ryan Kelley) hails from a devoutly Christian family. Lately Bobby's been questioning his own sexuality, and upon confiding this information to his older brother, the news quickly circulates to their parents and other siblings. While Bobby's father and siblings resolve to stand by him despite their opposition to his startling revelation, his mother Mary (Sigourney Weaver) believes that her son is committing a sin, and encourages him to change his ways with the help of the church. Despondent over his experiences in the church, Bobby decides that his best option is to move out of the family home, all the while hoping that his mother will find a means of accepting him for who he is. But Mary is staunch in her position, and when Bobby realizes he'll never live up to his mother's expectations he takes his own life. Devastated, Mary seeks consolation from her pastor but fails to find the answers she's looking for. In time, Mary begins a dialogue with the gay community, and discovers that sometimes support can come from the places we least expect.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
UPC: 0031398177432
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: A&E Home Video
Time: 1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the scenes with the producers; Meet the stars; Interviews with the real-life Mary Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, and other cast members; Road to GLAAD awards; The Trevor Project PSA starring Daniel Radcliffe; PFLAG PSA starring Sigourney Weaver

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Mary Griffith
Henry Czerny Robert Griffith
Ryan Kelley Bobby Griffith
Dan Butler Rev. Whitsell
Austin Nichols Ed Griffith
Carly Schroeder Joy Griffith
Shannon Eagen Nancy Griffith
Scott Bailey David
Rebecca Louise Miller Jeanette
Lee Garlington Psychologist
Susan Ruttan Betty Lambert
Madge Levinson Grandmother
Marshall McLean Actor

Technical Credits
Russell Mulcahy Director
Leroy Aarons Co-producer
Thom Best Cinematographer
Stanley M. Brooks Executive Producer
Victor DuBois Editor
Katie Ford Screenwriter
Damien Ganczewski Producer
Mary Griffith Co-producer
Janine Israel Costumes/Costume Designer
Shana Landsburg Casting
Michael J. Lloyd Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Longi Co-producer
Silvio Muraglia Co-producer
David Permut Executive Producer
Daniel Jakub Sladek Executive Producer
David Steinberg Co-producer
Garreth Stover Production Designer
Chris Taafe Executive Producer
Chris Ward Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prayers for Bobby
1. Introduction [5:26]
2. I'm Not Like You [14:24]
3. Trying to Heal [9:03]
4. Resistance [8:53]
5. Overwhelmed [11:19]
6. Condemned [8:43]
7. Seeking Answers [9:19]
8. New Interpretations [11:30]
9. Before You Echo Amen [9:28]
10. Credits [1:03]

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Prayers for Bobby 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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The movie Prayers for Bobby has a great inspirational message for any family. It really goes into detail about instances of bullying between a mother and her gay son. It is a sad story that really happened and the movie does a good job portraying what really happened. It is an inspiring story that has touched many people's souls. Mary Griffith is the mother of a son who is gay. She came from a strong Christian family in which homosexuality was wrong and goes against all beliefs in the bible. She pushes the bible on her son and slowly pushes him away from the rest of his family. Bobby Griffith's family isn't accepting of his "sin," and it shows how much he was affected based on a real-life story. He later commits suicide by jumping of an overpass into traffic. Mary Griffith later questions her faith and becomes a leader for the Gay Rights Activist Movement. This movie is based on something that really happened. The message is a strong one that is showing people that being gay is not necessarily a choice. It just happens. God did not make mistakes when he created humans and homosexuals are not mistakes either. They are also normal human beings. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone and really look deep into what the movie is portraying.
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