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Burning Bed [VHS]
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This controversial, 1984 made-for-television movie gave Farrah Fawcett her first true showcase as an actress. Playing an abused wife who kills her monstrous husband (Paul Le Mat), Fawcett demonstrates a facility with the moral ambiguities of the story, which concerns the painful but fascinating questions of where justice lies. Fine support from Richard Masur and Grace Zabriskie, and the assured direction is by Robert Greenwald (Xanadu. --Tom Keogh

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  • great
    this is a very good movie I had seen it when I was a kid...more info
  • True Story- Intense Abuse drives a woman to the brink of insanity
    This is a true story about a woman who was driven to the point of insanity because of an abusive husband. The movie is set during a day and age where there was no help for the abused. My mom had bought this movie off of Amazon and shown it to me. Its worth every star and more. You start to feel deeply for the children and their mother who suffer great abuse at the hands of their father/husband. This movie is full of vivid horrendous scenes that feel very real. You start to feel immense hatred towards the husband, his parents, and her mother. How can they sit back and do nothing when their son is beating on his wife infront of his children?! How can her own mother tell her to go back to her husband, that no matter what, her place is by his side?! The Burning Bed made me feel a lot of things, including happiness when the husband died, I felt he deserved it for all the pain he inflicted on others. Watch this movie and you wont be disappointed, its a must see....more info
  • GREAT~~~~
    This movie was GREAT. The book was alot Better then the movie was.~~~...more info
  • Feminist trash movie
    Feminist trash classic where a woman is made a heroine for burning her husband alive, instead of going through proper channels for her so called abuse complaints that were manufactured by some Hollywood screen writer who thought he would make more money if he told a lop sided story.

    It's a feminist twisted and completely one-sided fiction of a Francine Hughes real life case, as well as any other case involving a wife killing her husband.

    Francine Hughes got away on a female-only "battered wife syndrome", which is basically a license for wifes to murder their husbands whether or not there was immediate provocation or immediate danger of harm. Burning a man while he's asleep is NOT self-defense!

    More on battered wife syndrome, by a woman Michelle Malkin:

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  • Must see for all young women
    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.
    To those reviewers who say the ending is unrealistic, I would like to point out that this is a true story. You can't get more realistic than that. ...more info
  • Still one of the most disturbing TV movies
    I watched this for the first time when it came on tv on Monday October 8th, 1984. It's still one of the most disturbing tv movies, and I still find it more disturbing than "Amelia" the movie with Ted Danson who plays a father who molests his daughter Amellia. I saw the actual beatings that Francine would experience in this movie where the actual seducing of Amellia was non-existent. I feel bad for Francine through this movie as she's feeling trapped at times, but there are also moments where she shows that people enjoy stomping on a heart that's good. I had watched another movie called "Intimate Strangers" with Dennis Weaver and Sally Struthers only 2 months earlier. There's a difference in the 2 movies. in Intimate Weaver's character admits he was physically abused by his father here there may have been some abuse that happened to Francine's husband, but it's not really disclosed. He does have a drinking problem, but there's one element that's explained here, and that's there's no excuse needed for a person to start abusing another person only the will and desire to do so. Francine's husband had the will and desire to do harm to her; it was well-veilled in the beginning, but then it only took for the husband's family to barge in on them shortly after returning from the honeymoon. It appears that the husband resented having his family show up unannounced, and probably uninvited, and he dind't handle it too well which leads me to believe that he would've abused Francine regardless that day. Who knows? However, once it started it grew more and more disturbing with every time it happened, but the last time was the worst because it showed that he was probably getting off from hitting her, and this was after she complied with burning her school books, but this was to foreware her if she ever did it again. I applaud what she did as she felt there was no other recourse. I say this because I did exhibit abuse behavior towards my wife. Not necessarily striking her physically, but slamming doors, pounding my fist, the terrifying glare, and alot of put-downs and painful words. I do need help with this as it makes me an abuser. I know alot of my family would think that I'm too drastic with my reasoning, but let's face it I needed to keep the upper hand on things to keep me from slamming myself down, or feel like others were. I need help with this before getting involved with another woman. This is something that all schools should show to help people with relationships. ...more info
  • Good Movie
    I have seen this movie on tv before and I really like it so I decided to purchase it. Farrah Fawcett is awsome in the role....more info
  • The Burning Bed
    I had to upgrade to a DVD. This is part of my curriculum and VHS tape is wearing out. Will be using this DVD from now on in my Parenting classes. ...more info
  • A bummer if you read the book
    The movie would have been better if I hadn't read the book. The ordeal that Francine went through in real life was significantly down played in the movie. If you have already read the novel, the movie will be a big disappointment for you. If you haven't read the book, do so after watching the movie....more info
  • Good,but it was the usual "men bad,women good "movie
    This movie was good,but it was the usual,run-of-the-mill "men bad,women good" movie.Like "Enough",the acting was good,but the storyline was just another "abusive husband" thing......more info
  • GREAT!!~~~
    This movie was GREAT and so was the book. The book is alot better then the movie....more info
  • I also saw this in college
    I would love to have this on DVD. It is a good movie....more info
  • Not as expected.
    This was a movie put from VHS to DVD. Unfortunately, when it arrived, it was region oe encoding, so I was not able to view it. I have seen the movie on VHS, and it is excellent, with suberb acting from ms. Fawcett....more info
  • Hilarious melodrama!
    Farrah gives a stand-out performance in what many consider her best role. The film goes out of its way to portray her husband as the bad guy. Ladies please, the man just wanted him some beer! And if he didn't want his wife going to no school, then that was his choice. While he did take it to the extreme, I have to agree that she deserved a whuppin' for making him a TV dinner. After a long hard day o' drinkin' a mans got to have some supper! Grace Zibriskie adds to the comedy playing LeMat's mom who begs Farrah to stay with him cause that's what a woman does. She also gets beat, too....more info
  • Still relevant, the human faces of domestic violence
    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! She manages to project her character not only as someone to be pitied and as someone truly desperate but who, somewhere in all the demoralizing inflicted over 10 years, finds some courage within to end her vicitimization, even at the risk of a death sentence. And Fawcett's acting when her character takes the stand in her own defense is nothing less than riveting! Fawcett's truly beaten-down character makes it very easy to hope the worst for her victimizer (Paul Le Mat as the bullying wife-beater) and his nauseating supportive mother (character actress Grace Zabriskie in a magnificent portrayal). In the wake of "Burning Bed," Fawcett herself appeared in public service announcements empowering battered women not to endure anymore, and the subject of domestic violence gained a status in the national diaglogue that it hadn't before. The film's message is still relevent and important today, unfortunately. But now, unlike the days when the real Francine faced her legal judgement, victims have more choices than the only one open to Francine. If for no other reason, though, Fawcett's performance is a must-see, and she'll numb you. It remains perhaps her greatest acting achievement!...more info
  • At Her Best
    Farrah is at her best in this one!! She gave a very believable performance of an abused wife. The story is great, the acting is exceptional and the ending very heart warming. A definate must see!...more info
  • GREAT~~~~~
    This movie was the BEST!!The book was alot better then the movie was....more info