Directed by Robert Wise and based on a true story, I Want to Live! stars Susan Hayward as Barbara Graham–a wise-cracking thrill seeker and petty criminal who plunges into despair as she’s convicted of murder. The film’s score by Johnny Mandel features West Coast jazz players including Jack Sheldon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Holman, Red Mitchell, and Shelly Manne. In addition, saxophonist Gerry Mulligan's combo performs jazz themes in the movie’s bar scenes. This social drama became one of the top-grossing movies of 1959, with Hayward’s performance winning an Oscar and the popularity of its two soundtrack albums spawning a rush for jazz scores in Hollywood movies.

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Robert Wise
Running Time
120 minutes
35mm, Color