I Want to Live!

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One of the great anti-capital punishment movies, this is based on the life and death of Barbara Graham. At one time or another, Graham was convicted of prostitution, perjury, forgery, and finally murder. Basing their screenplay on contemporary newspaper files and her own letters, Nelson Gidding and Don Mankiewicz make no bones about Graham's anti-social tendencies, but conclude that she was probably innocent of the last charge. Wise paces the film so that the last half-hour, taking us into the gas chamber, is incredibly powerful, and Hayward won an Oscar for her unforgettable performance. The jazz score is by Johnny Mandel.

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Duration: 120 mins

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Director: Robert Wise
Screenwriter: Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz
Cast: Susan Hayward
Simon Oakland
Virginia Vincent
Theodore Bikel
Wesley Lau
John Marley
Dabbs Greer
Gavin MacLeod
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