DIRECTOR: Robert Greenwald
NOTEABLE APPEARANCES: Farah Fawcett
BASED ON A BOOK BY: Faith McNulty
DATE OF RELEASE: 1984
RUNNING TIME: 95 min
KEY THEMES/ ISSUES: Domestic violence, homelessness, women's rights
Based on an actual case, The Burning Bed was one of the most important telefilms ever to deal with women’s rights and spouse abuse.
After suffering a beating, a woman pours gasoline on the bed in which her former husband sleeps, ignites it, and kills him. She was then acquitted of a murder charge using a defense of temporary insanity. The Burning Bed was broadcast by NBC on October 8, 1984, and it received a large number of Emmy Award nominations. The Burning Bed was named as Best Feature at the first International Television Movie Festival.