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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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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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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 »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

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Critique the movie, not the events.
7 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some people seem to be judging this movie based on what happened more so than the quality of the movie. The movie, we must remember, is based on a true story (that took place in a completely different time and place than we know now). The events in the film are real, though certainly dramatized. So, the fact that the police don't help the woman and her family does not support her and how unrealistic it all seems only adds to the impact of the story since it is true. I won't say this is a perfect movie, and certainly it is skewed to make the wife seem completely right and the husband completely wrong (because it plays better for a TV audience to not have ambiguities); but, I don't think it's fair to judge the film based on things that really happened. To look at the events in this movie and not believe they happened is to miss the entire point of the movie. The people in this woman's life pretended not to see things and chose not to believe her. But these things do happen, whether we chose to acknowledge them or not.


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