In Prayers for Bobby, Mary Griffith is a devout Christian who raises her children with the conservative teachings of the Presbyterian Church. However, when her son Bobby 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 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is asked of him, but through it all, the church’s apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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… –IMDb
Award-winning director of commercials and rock videos in the 1980s turned polished and proficient helmer of Hollywood genre movies. Mulcahy directed over 300 rock videos by 1983, including 15 starring Elton John and others featuring glitzy sets and costumes and fluid camerawork which highlighted Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac (“Gypsy”) and Rod Stewart (“Young Turks”). He also made many TV commercials, including advertisements for HBO, Doritos, Miller Lite beer, Ford and British Petroleum. Mulcahy made his feature debut with the British-produced “Derek and Clive Get the Horn” (1980), starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and followed up with “Razorback” (1984), a galvanizing cult thriller about a killer pig set in the Australian outback.
Mulcahy achieved some measure of commercial success with the Sean Connery/Christopher Lambert fantasy vehicle, “Highlander” (1986), which yielded the disappointing sequel, “Highlander II: The Quickening” (1991). He next… read more
I don't watch many Life Time movies, or Life Time in general to be completely honest, but I was really impressed by two movies that the station showed in 2009. Prayers for Bobby being the first, and Georgia O'Keeffe being the second. Russell Mulcahy's directing was iffy at times, but that was overpowered by the performances the cast delivered – especially the ever talented Sigourney Weaver.