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The Burning Bed (1984)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant, the human faces of domestic violence February 24, 2003
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The prelude to this 1984 NBC-TV movie was a massive media blitz about Farrah Fawcett's chances of proving her acting worthiness. It was, and still is to some extent, unfortunate because it detracted from the purpose of the film: to bring the then-generally hushed family secret of domestic violence into the light and elevate it as a matter of public policy. Fawcett, of course, proved beyond anyone's doubt her acting prowess, and watching her as a deglamorized, demoralized and traumatized physically battered wife was a shock of extremities at the time. Before "Burning Bed," who saw Fawcett as anything other than a giggly sex kitten? The film opens with a clearly beaten Fawcett nearly roboticized in the mechanics of carrying a container of gas into the bedroom where her drunken husband has passed out after what we learn later is his latest (and last) in countless wife-beating episodes that lasted for nearly a decade. It is no consolation watching Fawcett's character of Francine douse her husband and then ignite him and his bed with a match. What follows is the obligatory murder trial where, in mostly flashbacks by way of interviews with her court-appointed attorney (unflappably played by Richard Masur) and trial testimony, Francine and corraborating witnesses recount the years of spousal violence. Through it all, at a time when domestic violence shamefully was pretty much still in the closet as one of those family embarrassments that no one discussed, director Robert Greenwald hits us with a painful and disarming portrait of the results of family violence. But Fawcett is shattering! Read more ›
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This was one of the first TV movies to deal with the serious subject of domestic abuse, which is still an ongoing problem.

Farrah Fawcett proves that she is much more than a pretty face with sparkling white teeth as Francine Hughes, a young woman who falls for a slightly older high school dropout, Mickey (Paul Le Mat), but after she marries him, discovers that he has some major anger issues, and, finding herself trapped in a nightmare of horrible mistreatment, seeks help, but her family and in-laws (whose bizarre denial almost calls for straight-jackets), basically tell her to stay put. On top of this, social services seems all too willing to look the other way.

Francine tries to make the best of her situation, she finds herself drawn back to him, and even after she manages to obtain a divorce, Mickey is still able to insinuate himself into her life, insisting that they need to be a family. No matter how many times she leaves him, or attempts to escape, he is always right on her heels, and uses their children as leverage in order to coerce her into reconciling with him. Even when law enforcement intervenes, it does not deter him. Mickey blames his behavior on his drinking, inability to hold down a job, and on Francine, and, like many abusive spouses, does everything and anything he can to rob her of her independence and sense of self-worth. He feels threatened when she even looks at other men, wears revealing clothing, and attempts to further her education. When he is severely injured in an auto accident, he is not above manipulating the situation to his advantage. Finally, Francine snaps. She douses the bedroom with gasoline as he lies in a drunken sleep, and lights a match, fleeing in her automobile with her offspring.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farrah's Best! August 14, 2003
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If Farrah didn't receive an award for this movie, she was seriously robbed! She must have researched the subject of wife abuse thoroughly right down to the humiliation seen on her face and the sheer terror that whatever she said could possible cause yet another smack. Superb acting!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will never forget this movie September 30, 2001
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This movie has not been forgotten due to the strong performance of Farrah Fawcett, and Paul LeMont. I sometimes think why doesn't Hollywood make strong film like these anymore? Then I remember this film and why bother, this film shows the true side of an ugly marrage that shows a real hell for women who stay in abusive relationships. Farrah Fawcett showed her true potential as an actress in this film and many more she did after this. No wait, she did make that film "Murder In Texas" she did a good job there too. But still it must of been hard for her to fight for this role. Since I think that Hollywood and the world only knew her as an "ANGEL". Not anymore. It is shame she did not get the Emmy for this role. There are few films that are remembered after one year or five or ten. But this film will be remembered. It's now 2001 and still I talk to friends about this movie and...yes, they still remember. That is how powerful this movie is. Its' shows the extremes lengths a woman who is abused will take to be freed from fear, hate and just utter destruction of the soul. Any woman who see's this movie should not just watch it and forget it but learn that no man or person has the right to beat, hurt and humiliate you to get them to love them or just stay with them because they want you to. If he hits you once he will hit you again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
no matter how many times I see this movie...the ending always makes me cry. Awesome movie!
Published 21 days ago by Donna Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful
The domestic violence group loved it
Published 1 month ago by CupCake
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This was awful it was burned not the original, it wouldn't even play. Major rip off
Published 1 month ago by Josephine Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Abusive men should watch this.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I have seen this movie before. The second time was even better. I HATE women being abused, and I think this story teller did also. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laueie
1.0 out of 5 stars Burning hands
Are you serious 99.99 for this DVD , I paid 7.50 a year ago , serious rip off .stop it
Published 3 months ago by misty
1.0 out of 5 stars you SUCK
$21 dollars for a VHS tape you should be ashamed of yourself it was totally not worth it but its what my mom wanted for Christmas that's why I was the FOOL that payed $ 21 dollars... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jason kyees
3.0 out of 5 stars An abused wife's justice
The critically-acclaimed made-for-TV drama, based on a true story, stars Lee Majors ex-wife(Farrah Fawcett) as an abused wife driven by husband Paul Le Mat's cruelty to take a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Heartbreaking Movie
Saw this movie when it first came out. My Mother never saw it and as I was telling her a little about it, she mentioned she would love to see it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by N. Lucas
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie with a literal title.
Farrah plays an abused housewife that has had enough of her husband, but can't seem to find anybody to help her, so she eventually sets the bed on fire, with her husband in it.
Published 9 months ago by Scott Schiffmacher
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