I Want to Live! Movie Review Summary

Actors: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Theodore Bikel,Wesley Lau

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I Want to Live! is described as a ‘heavily fictionalized' adaptation of the life of Barbara Graham. In a powerful performance by Susan Hayward, we see the events that led up to her conviction for murder and …SPOILERS…execution in the gas chamber.
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Along the way, Graham has worked as a prostitute, trapped men into fixed card games, been a drug addict, had a bad marriage and had a child. Her alleged co-murderers claim that she was in on the murder too, so they can escape execution. She says she was innocent right to the end.

Best part of story, including ending: It was a realistic look at prison life and liked the jazz score.

Best scene in story: SPOILERS...The final scene in the gas chamber - not for gory reasons - but because it was realistic and honest.

Opinion about the main character: Dislike that she's not trustworthy.

The review of this Movie prepared by Anne Iredale a Level 2 American Robin scholar

Script Analysis of I Want to Live!

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   falsely accused clearing name

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture

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