I Want To Live details
|Starring:||Simon Oakland, Phillip Coolidge, Virginia Vincent, Susan Hayward, Theodore Bikel|
I Want To Live
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 May 2004|
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Tear JerkerBy Daniel Ward from Belfast , 05 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Susuan Hayward gives a fine performance as a 'good time' girl who unwittingly gets herself involved in a murder case and ends up on death row.
Based on a true story the film is a convincing argument against the death penalty.
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Stagey Prison DramaBy MrLumpy (15 reviews) from Exeter , 21 Dec 2011Whilst director Robert Wise (he of The Sound of Music fame) does a pretty good job of presenting the story, he is hindered by some very stagey sets, and pretty unconvincing acting. Susan Hayward's acting is from a different era and it's hard to believe she won as Oscar for this when she was up against Elizabeth Taylor. A method actor she ain't. However, once you can accept Hayward in the role and watch the narrative unfold, it turns into a pretty good drama. Particularly the second half, when Graham has been incarcerated, and finds herself on death row. The men around her; the newspaper hack, the psychologist,even the prison governor, all fall for her rather dubious charms. And the film plays out at a quickening pace as each appeal fails, even her final hours are punctuated by the possibility of a reprieve.
Excellent to see the talents of jazz musicians Gerry Mulligan, Red Mitchell and Art Farmer being put to such good use. Over all, worth watching, but has dated badly, especially when you consider its contemporaries include Hitchcock's Vertigo and Welles' Touch of Evil.
Not really a history lessonBy Pearson (74 reviews) from Malvern Wells , 21 Dec 2010No not history BUT a moving film nevertheless and enough truth in it make one regret the use of the death penalty any where anytime. Some absolutely superb acting from all through the cast.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This is a great film. It is based on the true story of Barbara Graham who was sentenced to death in the US in the 1950's and executed in a gas chamber. Susan Hayward won an Oscar in 1958 for her performance as the fiery, free spirited and abused good time girl whose life ends in tragedy when she is charged with murder along with two evil manipulative hustlers.
I really liked this film it has all the passion of a 1950's melodrama or a Douglas Sirk film.Susan Hayward is marvellous as Barbara Graham and she portrays Graham's last moments as she awaits her sad fate with such conviction and intensity. It's a shame that Hollywood lost the talents of Susan Hayward in 1975 when her own life was tragically cut short when she died of brain cancer.
Dated, very,very datedBy strange6 (19 reviews) from Wigan , 10 Apr 2006What more can I say? Acting was wooden to say the least and the whole atmosphere of the film is very, very dated. SH's performance is very over-rated also. To see a much better treatise on Americal capital punishment, watch 'The Chamber' instead.
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Brilliant classicBy a customer from Reading, UK , 30 Apr 2005A timeless classic that challenges an issue that is still contentious.
Susan Hayward's performance is fantastic.
Definitely recommend this one.