The Burning Bed

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The Burning Bed
The Burning Bed (DVD cover).jpg
Directed byRobert Greenwald
Written byFaith McNulty (book)
Rose Leiman Goldemberg
StarringFarrah Fawcett
Paul Le Mat
Richard Masur
CinematographyIsidore Mankofsky
Distributed byNBC network
Release datesOctober 8, 1984
Running time95 mins
 
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The Burning Bed
The Burning Bed (DVD cover).jpg
Directed byRobert Greenwald
Written byFaith McNulty (book)
Rose Leiman Goldemberg
StarringFarrah Fawcett
Paul Le Mat
Richard Masur
CinematographyIsidore Mankofsky
Distributed byNBC network
Release datesOctober 8, 1984
Running time95 mins

The Burning Bed is the name of both a non-fiction book by Faith McNulty about battered housewife Francine Hughes, and the TV-movie adaptation written by Rose Leiman Goldemberg.

After thirteen years of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, James Berlin ("Mickey") Hughes, she set fire to the bed he was sleeping in at their Dansville, Michigan home on March 9, 1977. Mickey Hughes was killed and the house destroyed in the resulting inferno.

Story[edit]

On the night of the fire, Hughes told her children to put their coats on and wait for her in the car. She then started the fire with gasoline poured around the bed Mickey Hughes was sleeping in. After the house had caught fire, Hughes drove with her children to the local police station in order to confess. Hughes went to court in Lansing, Michigan, and found by a jury of her peers to be not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.

Film adaptation[edit]

Having turned the book into a made-for-television movie, Goldemberg's screenplay, The Burning Bed, premiered on NBC on October 8, 1984. Directed by Robert Greenwald, the film starred Farrah Fawcett as Francine Hughes and Paul LeMat as Mickey Hughes.

The movie was filmed in Rosharon, Texas. The house that served as the house of Farrah Fawcett's character still stands today.[when?]

Ratings[edit]

The movie premiered with a household share of 36.2 ranking it the 17th highest rated movie to air on network television.[1]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 805. ISBN 0-345-45545 Check |isbn= value (help). 

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