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The Burning Bed (1984)

by  |  November 2nd, 2011  |  Drama

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5″ height=”475″ />On regular television there is a channel which seems to mostly play movies that have in some capacity to do with abuse of women by men, rather it be mental or physical abuse, and how these women overcome these evil men…

Well this channel happened to be at one point a channel that both my mother and sister used to watch quite a bit! I have to admit that after awhile I kind of got disgusted by this channel and these TV movies, because they just promoted the idea that men were scum, and that women, or girl power over comes all.

Now I am the first to admit that there are some very abusive men out there, that have done and still do some really horrible things to women/girls, and I whole heartedly believe that those men committing these horrible crimes ought to be put away for life! That is just one of the reasons that I found, The Burning Bed to be rather fascinating!

Based on the book by: Faith McNulty (How To Dig A Whole To The Other Side Of The World). Written by: Rose Leiman Goldberg (Florence Nightengale), Directed by: Robert Greenwald (Shattered Spirits). Starring: Farrah Fawcett (Logan’s Run), Paul Le Mat (American Graffiti), Grace Zabriskie (My Own Private Idaho) and James T. Callahan (Cloud Dancer).

The Burning Bed tells the story of Francine Hughes (Fawcett), now Francine is a battered women who had been beaten up for years by her husband Mickey Hughes (Le Mat), and who despite many successful and un-successful attempts to escape his tyrannical clutches with her children, she always ended up back under his domineering life, and continued to get beaten up by Mickey all the time…

That was until 1977, when one night Francine finally has enough and after getting the crap beaten out of her puts her kids in to the family car and ends up setting fire to the bed that Mickey is sleeping in (thus killing him).

Now the movie starts off after Francine has been arrested, and she is telling a narrative of her life with Mickey from the moment they first met at a local dance in the late 60s, up through when both Mickey and Francine get married, through when they have kids together, up to the present… And all of the times he beat the hell out of her as well!

Francine trying to escape with her kids from her abusive husband, Mickey.

Now what I liked about this movie and what I do believe makes this an amazing TV movie is a couple of things:

1. Apparently this movie is based on the true story of the real Francine Hughes who ended up really killing her husband, and how her case was a precedent setting case and set the bar on how domestic violence cases are treated in the U.S.

2. The next thing that I liked about this movie is the fact that this movie should serve as a cautionary tale to women, in how they choose who they hook up with. And for men, it should serve them notice that women and girls should never be abused mentally, physically, or sexually… I mean there is a reason why women tend to be know as the fairer sex…

With all of this in mind, if you get a chance, check it out! It is an interesting one!

With no trailer currently available for this movie, please enjoy this opening scene for another Farrah Fawcett TV classic, Charlie’s Angel’s:


Nathan Strack


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