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Prayers for Bobby (2009)

True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writers:

Katie Ford (teleplay), Leroy Aarons (book)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Mary Griffith
Henry Czerny ... Robert Griffith
Ryan Kelley ... Bobby Griffith
Austin Nichols ... Ed Griffith
Carly Schroeder ... Joy Griffith
Shannon Eagen ... Nancy Griffith (as Shannon Eagan)
Scott Bailey ... David
Rebecca Louise Miller ... Jeanette
Lee Garlington ... Psychologist
Madge Levinson Madge Levinson ... Ophelia
Marshall McClean Marshall McClean ... Reverend Owens
Susan Ruttan ... Betty Lambert
Dan Butler ... Reverend Whitsell
Anna Badalamenti Anna Badalamenti ... Michelle
Ele Bardha ... Doug
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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is asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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 ... Written by Louie Neira

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She loves everything about her son... except who he is.


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  • [13:17]The passage that Mary Griffith refers to is from Leviticus 20:13 and goes: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he would with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." However. the other verses in that chapter also say the same things about adultery, and even bestiality.
  • [1:03:10]She quotes Leviticus 18:22 which has a similar passage which goes "22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
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Goofs

The red convertible driven by Bobby's boyfriend as they drove up to his parents' home is a 1986 Alfa-Romeo Spider even though the story took place in the early 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Psychiatrist: A lot of times, confusions like Bobby's can be caused by a distant father or an overbearing mother.
Robert Griffith: Well, I had both and I am fine.
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Connections

Referenced in Prayers for Bobby: The Road to the GLAAD Awards (2009) See more »

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Here I Am
Produced by Michael Lloyd, Greg O'Connor
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Poignant and effective, leaves you emotionally lethargic but also hopeful
24 January 2009 | by tj19See all my reviews

BASED ON A TRUE STORY I'm not much of a fan of the Lifetime network. They usually produce wishy-washy and cliché titles usually about divorce, or pregnancy issues, or something that really has no plot or substance. However, being a fan of Sigourney Weaver and her work, and also interested in the story that actually has an actual important theme, I debated whether it would be worth two hours of my time. It was. It is 1979. Bobby Griffith (Ryan Kelley) is a teen who has a loving family and a pretty good life. However, he believes himself to be a homosexual. He fears that his mother, Mary, (Weaver) will not accept him and love him anymore, due to her clear and well-known loath and contempt of gay and lesbians due to her faith and literal interpretation of the bible. When Bobby tells his brother he thinks he is gay, his brother tells their mother, hoping his mother can help Bobby. Instead, she treats Bobby as if he has a disease that can be "cured" through God. Mary's overbearing and abrasive treatment towards Bobby distances him from his family out to Oregon to live with his cousin, who believes anyone should be allowed to love anyone. While in Oregon, Bobby meets a guy who makes him feel good about himself. When Bobby comes back from his vacation, he tells his family about the guy he met and his mother reacts as if he is a perverse and sick person. She tells him she WILL NOT have a gay son. This upsets Bobby enough to permanently move to Oregon without a goodbye from his mother. While in Oregon, feeling the isolation of the family he loves, he becomes suicidal and cannot take it anymore. He commits suicide. For the rest of the film, we see his mother go through some major character development and we see her try to overcome her ignorance. I never cried during a movie before until I saw this movie. Prayers for Bobby was truly an amazing movie. Watching Sigourney Weaver as Mary Griffith broke my heart. She was believable and perfect. Ryan Kelley also did a great job playing Bobby. He showed a lot of range and purity in his performance. The movie definitely has a made-for-TV and Lifetime channel feel to it. It WAS a made-for-TV Lifetime original movie, so get over that (I did). I am so glad I saw this and I urge anyone and everyone to see it. 9/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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