I Want to Live!
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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 Wise directs the uniformly fine cast with grim efficiency, telling Graham's story in a series of… More

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"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Wise is content to let Hayward take the film in her teeth from the moment she appears in the film and not let it go until she collapses in the gas chamber two hours later."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Stunning drama that cries out for death penalty reform...with excellent Susan Hayward in lead."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"As Hayward's steely visage begins to splinter from the burden of her stress, the beauty of her performance emerges."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Serves as a telling indictment of capital punishment."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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