Reviewed byheathertheredVote: 9/10/10
This has to be the best TV Movie ever created. Directed by the same guywho directed Xanadu....[??? How's that possible? He also directedWALMART: the High Cost of Low Prices, too] His direction of The BurningBed is superb, to say the least.
You really feel as though her fear and terror are your own throughclaustrophobic cinematography in the scenes where she's being attacked.The dignity the cast and director were able to conjure for this sadstory is far better than television deserves. The violence she impartsupon her husband gives her no satisfaction for she is not a maliciousor vengeful woman.
I believe this movie has inspired countless women to leave abusiverelationships since the first day it aired and more so as time haspassed. Through it's ability to reach such a wide audience and it'sstar power, the attention it drew to the issue of battered women couldbe considered nothing less than a milestone.
Reviewed byMatt..377Vote: 8/10/10
Farrah Fawcett plays an abused mother who kills her husband by setting hisbed on fire. She is then arrested for murder, pleads insanity, and setstoconvince the jury by recounting her story describing exactly what sheendured.
A staggering study of domestic abuse, brings the emotional crises ofabusedwomen to heart-aching life.
***1/2 out of ****. One of the greatest TV movies ever.
Reviewed bykcrehkopfVote: 10/10/10
I have seen this film dozens of times and consider it a remarkablepowerful film. Farrah Fawcett is so easy to look at for hours on end,especially in these 70's housewife clothes. She is at her peak in thisfilm and others of a similar nature, Small Sacrifices and Extremities.This is the best of the three, however. I am stunned each time I watchit at the truth of the story. There really are women and children whomust endure this kind of brutality and abuse. Farrah is so good atshowing Francine's slowly crumbling self-esteem and sanity. The otherperformances are top- notch. In particular, Grace Zabriskie seems to meas authentic as possible as a fiercely stubborn, family-centeredoverbearing mother in denial. The scene where the wife-beater's parentsthrow their bodies between those of their son and the arrestingofficers while moments earlier allowing the same son to attempt to killhis wife is mind-boggling. Well done. It makes me want to read the booknow that I realize there is one!
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.