Violence In Francine's The Burning Bed

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Summary The film opens as Francine Hughes is being played by Farrah Fawcett. She, along with her three children are seen escaping from her house that was in engulfed in flames in March 1982. Shortly afterward, Francine Hughes is charged with murder. Her court-appointed attorney, Aryon Greydanus who is played by Richard Mauser meets with her but finds her stunned and unresponsive. He pleads with her to cooperate, and she finally begins to express her story. She started off her tale by going back to the mid-1960s when she encountered the volatile Mickey Hughes, played by Paul LeMat. She fell deeply in love with him even though she felt he was somewhat of a bully. They got married and ultimately had three children, Christy, Jimmy, and…show more content…
The remake for a television movie, in fact, caused an insignificant uproar. It is a remarkable effort on many levels but did not cause many changes. The harshness is very difficult to watch; unlike how the usual films portray violence, this movie characterized violence so differently. The performances are remarkable and believable, mainly Farrah Fawcett’s as Francine. The choices she makes throughout are frequently wrong, although her intentions are correct and honest. Her biggest mistake is her sympathy for Mickey after his accident and her decision to help in his rehabilitation. She had escaped the trap, and then foolishly stepped back in, even without her firm decision not to remarry. This essential point is misunderstood by some viewers, who do not realize that Francine and Mickey are divorced during the last half of the flashback. Technically, Mickey’s attacks are not spouse abuse, but straightforward assault and battery. The deliberation of rape, another obvious situation in the case, is never addressed. When Francine seeks help from various social agencies, they let her down, advising her to get a lawyer. For some reason, she is unable or unwilling to take this step, and she even shows a reserve at first to deal with her own court-appointed attorney. Her fears are that the law might turn against her, declare her an unfit mother, or otherwise destroy her

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