I Want to Live!
I Want to Live! (1958)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1958
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2002
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Sean Axmaker

... intelligent, adult, and unflinching, making a powerful case against capital punishment while delivering a riveting drama.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Serves as a telling indictment of capital punishment.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

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

Jeremy Heilman

As Hayward's steely visage begins to splinter from the burden of her stress, the beauty of her performance emerges.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Right up there with Suddenly Last Summer for Scenery Chewing Performance By An Actress. Still a very watchable flick.
Randy Tippy
Great films distinguish themselves in a number of different ways. Some of them are perfectly cast. Others have tremendous cinematography. Still others may… More
familiar stranger
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… More
Byron Brubaker
When I first saw this, it didn't thrill me. Upon a second viewing, I recognized a higher quality. This is still the only film I've seen starring Susan… More
Lady D'arbanville
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.… More
John Ballantine
Wow! Susan Hayward really blows the lid of this before-its-time film. Hayward's character is just full of surprises as a survivor seemingly willing to do… More