I Want to Live! (1958)

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Grim, almost unbearably intense, I Want To Live is the story of the life and execution of Barbara Graham (Susan Hayward) a perjurer, prostitute, liar and drug addict. The product of a broken home, Graham works as a shill, luring gullible men into crooked card games. She attempts to go straight, marries the wrong man, and has a baby. When her life falls apart, she returns to her former profession and is involved in a murder. Despite her claims of innocence, she is convicted and executed. Robert … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Don Mankiewicz, Nelson Gidding, Don M. Mankiewicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 7, 2002
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

Cast


as Barbara Graham

as Ed Montgomery

as Carl G.G. Palmberg

as Henry Graham

as Emmett Perkins

as Jack Santo

as Bruce King

as District Attorney

as Richard Tibrow

as Richard Tibrow

as Al Matthews

as Father Devers

as San Quentin Captain

as Sergeant

as Lieutenant

as Ben Miranda

as Corona warden

as Corona guard

as Personal effects cle...

as San Francisco Hood

as Himself

as Newsman

as San Quentin officer

as Police broadcaster

as Detective

as Musician

as Musician

as Musician

as Musician

as Musician
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Critic Reviews for I Want to Live!

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Susan Hayward won the 1958 Oscar for her most famous role, as real-life Barbara Graham who was excuted in a gas chamber, in Robert Wise's gritty noir melodrama, one of Hollywood's first detailed accounts of capital punishment.

Full Review… | June 23, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

Stunning drama that cries out for death penalty reform...with excellent Susan Hayward in lead.

December 23, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Serves as a telling indictment of capital punishment.

Full Review… | July 2, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for I Want to Live!

½

Right up there with Suddenly Last Summer for Scenery Chewing Performance By An Actress. Still a very watchable flick.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Robert Wise's venture conveying that the truth can be adjusted. Quite a deceptive story of miscarriage of justice for someone who learns about this factual case from the movie. And Susan Hayward's performance was way too mediocre to be Oscar-worthy. As a work of fiction based on actual events, the movie isn't an absolute rubbish. The last half hour is a drag, though.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

What of course makes the idea of this film intriguing is that this is a woman heading for a Death Sentance in a time where that would be dominated by Men. Based on the true story of party girl Barbara Graham this film shows a woman high on the excitement of the wrong side of the law and being charged for a murder she may or may not have committed.

The story is rather drawn out and despite our main character being quite Bold and brassy for the era, the film isn?t particularly exciting viewing, from a true crime prespective it is an interesting story and would perhaps warrant a remake in more graphic detail.

76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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