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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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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 ...
Heather Rich ...
Christy age 6
Justin Gocke ...
Jimmy Age 4


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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8 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Das brennende Bett  »

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Did You Know?


The role of Francine was originally offered to Cheryl Ladd, but she declined the part. See more »


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 »


Hazel Moran: If you make a hard bed, you have to lay in it.
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Featured in I Love the '80s Strikes Back: 1984 (2003) See more »

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5 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

When this movie first was on TV, my ex-husband came home from work and sarcastically asked, "What are you watching on TV?" I said there wasn't anything on.......I lied...I was watching it on and off.....but it frightened me so much on so many levels (one level was the husband in the movie treated his wife better than I had ever been treated)....I actually was living that abuse and had been for over 6 years...I believe it was because of this movie, that I was finally able to get out of that relationship. I can't say I got out that night, but it was only a matter of time before I did. It took me another 18 months to get out and away for good. It is on tonight in January 2008. I will watch again as a celebration that I am finally free of abusive relationships..and will never be treated that way again, ever!!

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