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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001YNEQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There are some very good stories of women abused by men and what they do to change that situation.
jordyn skye
This movie made me realize how far women's rights have come, and the fact that stories like this still happen makes me realize how far we still have to go.
Beth
Seen this movie years ago, glad to see it is on DVD, Farrah Fawcett gives a riveting performance in this movie.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. MacNeil on February 24, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Noirdame on March 1, 2006
Format: DVD
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By krystyne on 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 By A Customer on September 30, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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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