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The Burning Bed (1984)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  8 October 1984 (USA)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Francine Hughes
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Mickey Hughes (as Paul LeMat)
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Aryon Greydanus
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Flossie Hughes
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Gaby
Christa Denton ...
Christy age 12
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Berlin Hughes (as James Callahan)
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District Attorney
David Friedman ...
Jimmy age 10
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Wimpy Hughes
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Police Witness
Virgil Frye ...
Virg
Dixie K. Wade ...
Hazel Moran
Heather Rich ...
Christy age 6
Justin Gocke ...
Jimmy age 4
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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 one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it while asleep. Written by Humberto Amador

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He didn't know how to stop it... she did.

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Crime | Drama

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Autopsia di un delitto  »

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Based on the true story of Francine Hughes, who was accused of murdering her husband on March 9, 1977 in Dansville, Michigan. She was found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity, and her case created a legal precedent for how domestic violence cases were to be handled in the future. See more »

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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 »

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Hazel Moran: If you make a hard bed, you have to lay in it.
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Staggering study of domestic abuse.
17 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Farrah Fawcett plays an abused mother who kills her husband by setting his bed on fire. She is then arrested for murder, pleads insanity, and sets to convince the jury by recounting her story describing exactly what she endured.

A staggering study of domestic abuse, brings the emotional crises of abused women to heart-aching life.

***1/2 out of ****. One of the greatest TV movies ever.


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