I Want to Live!

I Want to Live!

Susan Hayward
Director: Robert Wise Cast: Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
, Simon Oakland
Simon Oakland
, Virginia Vincent
Virginia Vincent
Robert Wise


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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 adroitly crafted scenes that won him a well-deserved Academy Award nomination. However, the film belongs to Susan Hayward who gives a intense, shattering performance without one false note. Her performance is so grimly focused that she is, at times, almost unbearable to watch. The final scenes, which lead up to Graham's execution, are exhausting in their emotional intensity as the audience is spared nothing of Graham's agony, despair and desperation when she finally loses the long battle to save her life. Whether one sees Graham as a murderer or a hapless victim of society, the power and relentless, sordid reality of her story leaves an indelible memory in the mind of the viewer.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2015
UPC: 0738329184421
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 20,241

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Hayward Barbara Graham
Simon Oakland Ed Montgomery
Virginia Vincent Peg
Theodore Bikel Carl Palmberg
Wesley Lau Henry Graham
Philip Coolidge Emmett Perkins
Lou Krugman Jack Santo
James Philbrook Bruce King
Bartlett Robinson District Attorney
Gage Clarke Richard Tibrow
Joe de Santis Al Matthews
John Marley Father Devers
Raymond Bailey San Quentin Warden
Alice Backes San Quentin Nurse
Gertrude Flynn San Quentin Matron
Russell Thorson Sergeant
Dabbs Greer San Quentin Captain
Stafford Repp Sergeant
Gavin MacLeod Lieutenant
Art Farmer Actor
Jason Johnson Bixel
Shelly Manne Musician
Gerry Mulligan Actor
Jack Weston NCO
Red Mitchell Actor
Wendell Holmes Detective
Olive Blakeney Corona warden
Peter Breck Ben Miranda
Brett Halsey Actor
Rusty Lane Judge
S. John Launer San Quentin officer
Marion Marshall Rita
George Putnam Himself [uncredited]
Evelyn Scott Personal effects clerk
Dan Sheridan Police broadcaster
Bill Stout Newsman
Lorna Thayer Corona guard

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
Nelson Gidding Screenwriter
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Johnny Mandel Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Don M. Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Jack Stone Makeup
Tom Tuttle Makeup
Walter Wanger Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I Want to Live!
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [11:32]
3. Chapter 3 [20:35]
4. Chapter 4 [17:47]
5. Chapter 5 [12:34]
6. Chapter 6 [6:49]
7. Chapter 7 [12:02]
8. Chapter 8 [12:05]
9. Chapter 9 [10:42]
10. Chapter 10 [17:01]

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