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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.



(teleplay), (book)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francine Hughes
Mickey Hughes (as Paul LeMat)
Aryon Greydanus
Flossie Hughes
Christa Denton ...
Christy age 12
Berlin Hughes (as James Callahan)
District Attorney
David Friedman ...
Jimmy age 10
Wimpy Hughes
Police Witness
Dixie K. Wade ...
Hazel Moran
Heather Rich ...
Christy age 6
Justin Gocke ...
Jimmy age 4


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


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8 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Das brennende Bett  »

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Did You Know?


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


The real Francine Hughes had four children, not three as depicted in the movie. See more »


Hazel Moran: If you make a hard bed, you have to lay in it.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

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What ever happened to Francine and her kids???
12 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved the movie. I now want to read the book because I hear that it is much more detailed than the movie, of course. I was just wondering how Francine and her kids were doing since that People's magazine article in 1984. I read a little about her remarrying and the trouble her kids went through and she also. No wonder. Even though that no good Mickey was gone, there's no way you can erase 14 years of mental, physical, and emotional abuse clean. I was not surprised her life went spiraling downward. The woman, and her kids, needed continuing help in order to lead a somewhat normal life and, no doubt, she did not get it. I just wonder how she's doing today. I hope she's okay. That poor woman deserves a badge of honor or a purple heart for the war she fought for 14 years. God bless her.

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