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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.

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Cast

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
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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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8 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Das brennende Bett  »

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Trivia

Francine and Mickey Hughes were married when they were 16 and 18-years old, respectively. See more »

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Near the end of the film, we see Francine get beaten brutally in the face. But when she is arrested a day later, there are hardly any bruises on her face at all. See more »

Quotes

Hazel Moran: If you make a hard bed, you have to lay in it.
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Powerful and emotional
7 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tears welled in my eyes as I watched this movie. The cruelty of the husband, the terror of the children, and the strength of a victimized woman are captured flawlessly through the acting and the production. The movie draws viewers in and doesn't let go or loosen its grip. One truly is under the illusion that he or she is in Farrah Fawcett's character's shoes as he or she watches this movie. I completely forgot that Fawcett died so recently because her character was so alive. The movie is a well-executed and powerful whirlwind of emotions. A must-see masterpiece, not for the faint of heart, and not just because of the violent beatings.


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