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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 overview, first billed only:
... Francine Hughes
... Mickey Hughes (as Paul LeMat)
... Aryon Greydanus
... Flossie Hughes
... Gaby
Christa Denton ... Christy age 12
... Berlin Hughes (as James Callahan)
... District Attorney
David Friedman ... Jimmy age 10
... Wimpy Hughes
... Police Witness
... Virg
Dixie K. Wade ... Hazel Moran
Heather Rich ... Christy age 6
Justin Gocke ... Jimmy Age 4
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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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She was trapped 12 years in a brutal, violent marriage. Until the night she struck back. See more »

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Francine and Mickey Hughes were married when they were 16 and 18-years old, respectively. 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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Referenced in Feast III: The Happy Finish (2009) See more »

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Chilling
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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