Prayers for Bobby ()

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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.

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Mary Griffith
Robert Griffith
Bobby Griffith
Ed Griffith
Joy Griffith
Nancy Griffith (as Shannon Eagan)
Madge Levinson ...
Marshall McClean ...
Reverend Owens
Betty Lambert
Reverend Whitsell
Anna Badalamenti ...
Marty Bufalini ...
Hadas Corey ...
Greg (as Bryan Endress-Fox)
Amber Gale ...
Ryan Haber ...
Chris Hendricks ...
Henrietta Hermeline ...
Patrick Michael Kenney ...
Guy at Gay Bar (as Patrick Kenney)
Football Player
Rusty Mewha ...
Rev. Michaels
Janice O'Neill ...
Jackie (as Janice O'Neill-Sparr)
Spencer Perrenoud ...
Teen on Mailbox
Amanda Ryskamp ...
Adiva Wayne ...
Rev Hassler
Claire White ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Bassett ...
City Councilman (uncredited)
David G.B. Brown ...
Dennis Budziszewski ...
Diner / Mourner / Parade Onlooker (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Rusty Daugherty ...
Boy on Bus (uncredited)
William C. Fox ...
Councilman (uncredited)
Bar Star (uncredited)
Penny Gibbs ...
Mourner / Parade Goer (uncredited)
Ari Grant ...
Green-Haired Parader (uncredited)
Mary Griffith ...
Parade Onlooker (uncredited)
Parishoner (uncredited)
Heckler #1 (uncredited)
Protester (uncredited)
Brent Mata ...
Man at Bar (uncredited)
Protester (uncredited)
Parade Attendee (uncredited)
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Protester (uncredited)
Sean Scarlett ...
Young Hipster (uncredited)
Girl on Bus (uncredited)
Protestor (uncredited)
Billy Whitehouse ...
Councilman (uncredited)

Directed by

Russell Mulcahy

Written by

Katie Ford ... (teleplay)
Leroy Aarons ... (book)

Produced by

Leroy Aarons ... co-producer
Stanley M. Brooks ... executive producer
Christopher J. Danton ... line producer
Damian Ganczewski ... producer
Mary Griffith ... co-producer
Steve Longi ... co-producer
Silvio Muraglia ... co-producer
David Permut ... executive producer
Daniel Sladek ... executive producer
David Steinberg ... co-producer
Chris Taaffe ... executive producer

Music by

Christopher Ward

Cinematography by

Thom Best ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Victor Du Bois

Editorial Department

Rob Evans ... colorist
Halima K. Gilliam ... assistant editor
Ed Ham ... on-line editor
Colin Moore ... colorist
Brett Trider ... colorist: dailies
Jessica Fortin-Simard ... film transfer (uncredited)
Chris Marsland ... (segment "s") telecine assistant (uncredited)
Debra Beth Weinfeld ... additional editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Shana Landsburg

Production Design by

Garreth Stover

Art Direction by

Daren Janes

Set Decoration by

Kathy Fennessy

Costume Design by

Janine Isreal ... (as Janine Israel)

Makeup Department

Elizabeth Colburn ... key makeup artist
Susan Jennifer Lipson ... hair stylist: Ms. Weaver (as Susan Lipson)
Jack McQuisten ... key hair stylist
Peter Robb-King ... makeup artist: Ms. Weaver
Ellen Arden ... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Clifton Chippewa ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Kevin J Edwards ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Meshelle Melone ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tolley ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Kellee Cragin ... unit production manager
Pat McCarthy ... production manager
Gary Mueller ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Benjamin T. Brammeier ... second assistant director (as Ben Brammeier)
Greg Brautigan ... second second assistant director
Otto Michael Penzato ... first assistant director (as Otto Penzato)

Art Department

Jim Stubblefield ... property master
John Arlo Benetti ... on-set dresser (uncredited)
David Brayman ... carpenter (uncredited)
Kathy Fennessy ... set designer (uncredited)
Paulette Georges ... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Amy Graham ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Daren Janes ... set designer (uncredited)
Joe Miller ... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Michael O'Donnell ... leadman (uncredited)
Kenneth Stanley ... carpenter (uncredited)
Sara Stolarski ... art production assistant (uncredited)
Edward Young ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Joe Bracciale ... dialogue editor (as Joe Bracialle)
Alex Bullick ... assistant sound editor
Richard Calistan ... adr editor
Steve Copley ... foley artist
John W. DeMonaco ... boom operator (as John DeMonaco)
Mark DeSimone ... adr mixer
John Dykstra ... re-recording mixer
Nelson Ferreira ... sound effects editor (as Nelson S. Ferreira)
Ryan Lukasik ... foley assistant
Cory Mandel ... re-recording mixer (as Corey Mandel)
John Sievert ... foley recordist
Kent Thomson ... sound re-recording assistant
Beau Williams ... sound mixer
Ron Ayers ... second boom operator (uncredited)
Kevin Banks ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Andrew Smetek ... adr mixer: Detroit (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Russell Tyrrell ... special effects coordinator
Robert Tyrrell ... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Scott Villar ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Ed Ham ... visual effects artist


Rick LeFevour ... stunt coordinator
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz ... utility stunts (uncredited)
Marie Fink ... stunt driving dbl: Sigourney Weaver (uncredited)
Tom Lowell ... stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Shannon ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Jeffrey Dougherty ... camera operator: "b" camera (as Jeff Dougherty)
William MacLeod ... key grip (as Bill MacLeod)
Jeff Moore ... best boy electric
Tim O'Dea ... gaffer
Patrick Pask ... camera operator: "a" camera (as Pat Pask)
John Wendling ... best boy grip
Scott Zuckerberg ... dolly grip
Brad Baker ... additional first assistant camera: "c" camera (uncredited)
Thomas S. Ciciura ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Shawn Cragin ... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Eichler ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Derek Hackett ... film loader (uncredited)
Gregg Horvath ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cory O'Dea ... electrician (uncredited)
Miguel Pask ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Constance Pierce-Winters ... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Trevor Rios ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Ritter ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Rose Gilpin ... extras casting
Kathy Mooney ... casting: Detroit
Janet Pound ... casting: Detroit
Kathy Remski ... extras casting
Chelsea Watson ... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Meghan Kelly ... casting associate (uncredited)
Jonathan Strauss ... casting: New York (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Cynthia Bond ... seamstress
Beth Morgan ... costume supervisor
T. Ashanti Mozelle ... set costumer (as Ashanti Mozelle)
Wendy Partridge ... costume design consultant
Kristi Hoffman ... set costumer (uncredited)
Teri Wertman ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

Neil Lumlock ... location manager
Dave Krieger ... location scout (uncredited)
Tara Plizga ... assistant location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

Michael Lloyd ... music supervisor
Kevin Banks ... music editor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Dug Rotstein ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Kurt Knudsen ... transportation coordinator
Raymond Landino Jr. ... driver (uncredited)
Dean Miller ... driver (uncredited)
Franco Rea ... teamster driver (uncredited)
Robert 'Bob' Rice Sr. ... driver (uncredited)
Timothy Schewee ... driver (uncredited)
David Schmidt ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Greg Bernstein ... production attorney
C. Kyle Eckles ... craft service
Timothy Hardin ... production accountant (as Tim Hardin)
Julie Juran ... production office coordinator
Chris Mangano ... assistant: David Permut
Amanda Mason ... assistant to executive
J.D. Norris ... assistant: Sladek/Taaffe
Jeffrey Schneider ... business affairs
Shayne Blakey ... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Sarah DeBoer ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Goodwin ... key set production assistant (uncredited)
Bryan Meganck ... key craft service (uncredited)
Brittany Pask ... key office production assistant (uncredited)
Belinda Roberts ... production assistant (uncredited)
Sharon Roggio ... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Johannah Scarlet ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Aaron Schlager ... production assistant (uncredited)
Aisling Warren ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Brandon T. Williams ... assistant: director (uncredited)


Leroy Aarons ... in loving memory of
Bobby Griffith ... in loving memory of

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Plot Summary

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 driven to suicide. Faced with their tragedy, Mary begins to question her faith when she receives no answers from her pastor concerning her devastating loss. Through her long and emotional journey, Mary slowly reaches out to the gay community and discovers unexpected support from a very unlikely source. The film is based on the 1995 Leroy Aarons book of the same name. Written by Louie Neira

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Taglines She loves everything about her son... except who he is. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bobby seul contre tous (France)
  • Bobby: seul contre tous (France)
  • Oraciones para Bobby (Spain)
  • Молитве за Бобија (Serbia)
  • Plegarias para Bobby (Mexico)
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  • 90 min
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Trivia In the scene were the two men from the church are talking with the Griffith family, some of the pictures on the mantel are pictures of the real Bobby Griffith. See more »
Goofs Bobby's mother sends him a church pamphlet about AIDS (in the film's time-line, this would be 1981 or sometime in 1982). The CDC began using the acronym AIDS in September 1982, but it was some time before the term became widely used. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009). See more »
Soundtracks Here I Am See more »
Quotes Mary Griffith: Homosexuality is a sin. Homosexuals are doomed to spend eternity in hell. If they wanted to change, they could be healed of their evil ways. If they would turn away from temptation, they could be normal again if only they would try and try harder if it doesn't work. These are all the things I said to my son Bobby when I found out he was gay. When he told me he was homosexual my world fell apart. I did everything I could to cure him of his sickness. Eight months ago my son jumped off a bridge and killed himself. I deeply regret my lack of knowledge about gay and lesbian people. I see that everything I was taught and told was bigotry and de-humanizing slander. If I had investigated beyond what I was told, if I had just listened to my son when he poured his heart out to me I would not be standing here today with you filled with regret. I believe that God was pleased with Bobby's kind and loving spirit. In God's eyes kindness and love are what it's all about. I didn't know that each time I echoed eternal damnation for gay people each time I referred to Bobby as sick and perverted and a danger to our children. His self esteem and sense of worth were being destroyed. And finally his spirit broke beyond repair. It was not God's will that Bobby climbed over the side of a freeway overpass and jumped directly into the path of an eighteen-wheel truck which killed him instantly. Bobby's death was the direct result of his parent's ignorance and fear of the word gay. He wanted to be a writer. His hopes and dreams should not have been taken from him but they were. There are children, like Bobby, sitting in your congregations. Unknown to you they will be listening as you echo "amen" and that will soon silence their prayers. Their prayers to God for understanding and acceptance and for your love but your hatred and fear and ignorance of the word gay, will silence those prayers. So, before you echo "amen" in your home and place of worship. Think. Think and remember a child is listening.
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