I Want to Live! is a 1958 film noir written by Nelson Gidding and Don Mankiewicz, produced by Walter Wanger, and directed by Robert Wise, which tells the story of a woman, Barbara Graham, a habitual criminal convicted of murder and facing execution. It stars Susan Hayward as Graham, and also features Simon Oakland, Stafford Repp, and Theodore Bikel. The movie was adapted from letters written by Graham and newspaper articles written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ed Montgomery. The film presents a somewhat fictionalized version of the case showing a possibility of innocence concerning Graham. Today, the charge would be known as felony murder. Wikipedia
I Want to Live! is a member of the following lists: American films, Black-and-white films, English-language films, Film remakes, Prison films, Crime drama films, United Artists films, Films featuring a Best Actress Academy Award winning performance, Films set in California and Films featuring a Best Drama Actress Golden Globe winning performance.
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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?