The Burning Bed

1984 [english]

Action / Crime / Drama

The Burning Bed

1984 [english]

Action / Crime / Drama

78%
7.3

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Synopsis

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. —Fairchild.

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Aug 15, 2021 at 11:17 PM

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  • Reviewed by BreanneB grade 10 / 10

    Excellent Movie!

    This was an excellent movie about what battering can do to the person that it is happening to. I commend Francine for what she did. That goes to show you if your nasty you will get a nasty taste of medicine at some point or another in your Lifetime. Not guilty by reason of temporary insanity is a reasonable defense and verdict to me in the right situation. It's very hard to live with someone who is violent. I'm not saying that it is okay to kill someone, because it most certainly is not. But when you're in that situation things can happen that you don't want to happen. Kudos to the cast, crew and filmmakers. Two Thumbs Way Up!Update: I saw here as I was looking at other comments here the other day that someone wanted an update. I have a special people magazine with true crime stories in it and one about this case called, "Burning Down The House", is in it telling the basic facts. I have also read the book, and it said in the epilogue that Francine and her kids, after three years were doing very well and she was going to school to become a nurse. Her kids had no reports of problems either. Francine also helps out now informing people about the causes and effects of domestic violence.


  • Reviewed by lthes81 grade 9 / 10

    Should be required for every marriage license

    I rated the movie a 9 because, while it carries a powerful message to those who commit this kind of heinous act, I don't like the depiction of the submissive, terrified wife. The husband, who was an absolute monster the parents nurtured, feeds on this. I would have liked it better had she given as good as she got, NOT killed him, took the kids and the car and vanished. She didn't need school. She needed martial arts training. Of course, the story took place over 40 years ago; I think the feminine mindset has changed. If this movie is ever remade, the lesson should be don't look for or beg for help. Francine ran up against roadblocks at every turn. I was amazed at how much help she did NOT receive. My advice is, help yourself. No need to burn the bed and slink into the night, only to wind up in jail.


  • Reviewed by Solnichka McPherson grade 10 / 10

    Hard to watch but excellent for its budget and medium

    This is a good film. The plot will bring in any viewer, save the man who actually does pound his wife, and it's too bad, because it's that type of man who would benefit most from the opening and closing scenes. The acting reinforces the story, a true account of a woman from Jackson, MI. Fawcett is good, better than she's ever been or ever will be, probably. LeMat is creepily frightening as a drunk, insecure lout. Two of the best performances are put in by Grace Zabriskie and James Callahan (true TV buffs will recognize him as the father from TV's Charles in Charge), as LeMat's clueless parents. You'll hate them both by the end of the film. This film has some scenes of intense domestic abuse and violence - be warned. But it's definitely worth watching and remembering.


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