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The Burning Bed (1984)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 8 October 1984
An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.

Director:

Robert Greenwald

Writers:

Rose Leiman Goldemberg (teleplay), Faith McNulty (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Francine Hughes
Paul Le Mat ... Mickey Hughes (as Paul LeMat)
Richard Masur ... Aryon Greydanus
Grace Zabriskie ... Flossie Hughes
Penelope Milford ... Gaby
Christa Denton ... Christy age 12
James T. Callahan ... Berlin Hughes (as James Callahan)
Gary Grubbs ... District Attorney
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jimmy age 10
David Andrews ... Wimpy Hughes
James Hampton ... Police Witness
Virgil Frye ... Virg
Dixie K. Wade Dixie K. Wade ... Hazel Moran
Heather Rich Heather Rich ... Christy age 6
Justin Gocke Justin Gocke ... Jimmy Age 4
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Storyline

After years of beatings and terror, Francine Hughes set fire to her abuser's bed while he slept. Her confession and subsequent murder trial held the nation enthralled. A dramatic story of a woman pushed over the edge. Written by Fairchild

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She was trapped 12 years in a brutal, violent marriage. Until the night she struck back. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burning Bed See more »

Filming Locations:

Lansing, Michigan, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Francine Hughes, born Francine Moran on 17 August 1947, in Stockbridge, Michigan, died 22 March 2017 in Sheffield, Alabama. She was known as Francine Hughes Wilson, having wed Robert Wilson in 1980. He died in 2015. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey pounds the kitchen windows to threaten Francine, he repeats "I'm going to break the door with your face" at two different points, with the same inflections each time, revealing the line as recorded dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Hazel Moran: If you make a hard bed, you have to lay in it.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Stewie Is Enceinte (2015) See more »

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Excellent performance by Fawcett...serious message
8 April 2009 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

It is refreshing to watch an actress finally get the dramatic role she deserves, instead of just playing eye candy in banal films that are forgettable.

There is a true story here, and Paul LeMat portrays the abusive and manipulative husband. This film does not sugar-coat domestic violence, and the verbal, psychological and physical damage done to this woman is unconscionable.

The audience is also made aware of the in-laws, and their denial (well-portrayed by Grace Zabriskie, as Fawcett's mother-in-law.) The children as victims of this unstable environment are affecting and tragic.

Overall an excellent film one may want to view with a friend caught up in such a horrible situation. NO woman should ever tolerate this treatment from ANY man. Domestic violence is still an issue in our "civilized" society, unfortunately, and needs to be recognized. 8/10.


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