I Want to Live! Overview:

I Want to Live! (1958) was a Biographical - Crime Film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Walter Wanger.

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressSusan HaywardWon
Best CinematographyLionel LindonNominated
Best DirectorRobert WiseNominated
Best Film EditingWilliam HornbeckNominated
Best WritingNelson Gidding, Don MankiewiczNominated
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I Want to Live! (1958): The Anomaly of Barbara Graham

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 3, 2019 From 4 Star Films

I Want to Live! calls upon the words of two men of repute to make an ethos appeal to the audience. The first quotation is plucked from Albert Camus. I’m not sure what the context actually was but?the excerpt reads, “What good are films if they do not make us face the realities of our tim... Read full article


I Want to Live! (1958) (2)

By Beatrice on Jul 2, 2013 From Flickers in Time

I Want to Live!? Directed by Robert Wise 1945/USA Figaro First viewing Barbara Graham: Compared to what? This noir biofilm won Susan Hayward an Academy Award. Hayward portrays Barbara Graham as a jazz-loving wise-cracking good-time girl. ?The film covers Graham’s life as she starts out a g... Read full article


I Want to Live! (1958) (1)

By Kristen on Jul 29, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

I Want to Live! is another film I had earmarked for my TCM Top Twelve in May, nice to know I’m slowly working my way through something two months old. ?Either way, I Want to Live is cited as the quintessential Susan Hayward film and I had high expectations for it, especially considering itR... Read full article


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Quotes from

Barbara Graham: I never even knew the dame.
Police lieutenant: You know she's been murdered, don't you?
Barbara Graham: Yeah. So was Julius Caesar. I didn't know him either.


San Quentin Capt.: [whispers] When you hear the pellets drop, count to ten. Take a deep breath. It's easier that way.
Barbara Graham: How would you know?


Carl G.G. Palmberg: Life's a funny thing.
Barbara Graham: Compared to what?


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Facts about

A woman named Betsy Ann Smith from Wakefield, Virginia, won a bit part in this film as a prize on The Price Is Right.
Film debut of Simon Oakland.
While the ending credits are filmed outside of the actual San Quentin prison, the gas chamber scene was filmed on a replica set constructed on a soundstage.
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