Actress Sigourney Weaver tears up talking about her role as a mother who drove her gay son to suicide in Prayers for Bobby.

The film, which first aired last year on Lifetime Networks, is now available on DVD.

In Prayers for Bobby, Weaver (Aliens, Jeffrey) plays a mother so blinded by homophobia that she cannot see that she's driving her own gay son to suicide. It's the true story of Mary Griffith's heartbreaking transformation from staunch religious zealot to PFLAG-waiving gay activist after the death of her son, Bobby, at the young age of 20.

In a Monday appearance on CNN, an emotional Weaver talked about meeting Mary Griffith.

“So moving to me to hear Mary talk about how she realized later on – looking at his baby pictures – God had wanted him to be gay. That was part of the package. That was part of why he was so wonderful. And she loved him so much.” (The trailer is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

In reviewing the film, Variety called it “fresh and poignant” when comparing it to the groundbreaking AIDS-themed An Early Frost, and praised the filmmakers for keeping the movie “powerful without being unduly preachy.”