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A doctor trying to develop a serum to lengthen life tries his formula out on the unsuspecting residents of an old-age home.


Sandy Whitelaw (as Alexander Whitelaw)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiram Keller ... Dr. Ben Land
Tina Aumont ... Anna
Klaus Kinski ... Nicholas Ulrich
Fons Rademakers ... Prof. van Arp
Eric Schneider Eric Schneider ... Dr. Linden
Frans Mulder Frans Mulder ... Pim Henke (as Franz Mulder)
Lyda Polak Lyda Polak ... Lydia
Joan Remmelts Joan Remmelts ... Family doctor
André van den Heuvel André van den Heuvel ... Felix Dolda
Onno Molenkamp ... Director of old age home
Dick Scheffer Dick Scheffer ... Official from ministry of science (as Dick Schefer)
Albert Van Doorn Albert Van Doorn ... Emile van der Lutte
Adrian Brine Adrian Brine ... Dr. Winston
Helen van Meurs Helen van Meurs ... Psychiatrist
Sacco van der Made Sacco van der Made ... Animal feeder


A doctor trying to develop a serum to lengthen life tries his formula out on the unsuspecting residents of an old-age home.

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Release Date:

1 October 1976 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperanza de vida See more »

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Whitepal Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point in the film, Tina Aumont is put into some "DNA helix" bondage as part of some consensual lovemaking with Dr. Land. Some bondage fans believe this is the first appearance of Japanese shibari bondage in a mainstream Western film. See more »

Alternate Versions

When released on VHS in 1987 in the UK, the BBFC made cuts of 1 minute 14 seconds to achieve an '18' rating. These cuts were waived when released again on video on 22 May 1995. See more »

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Slow but interesting low key drama about the search for immortality.
26 December 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Lifespan' is an interesting and low key film that may put viewers off when it misleadingly appears to be a horror movie starring Klaus Kinski, and fails to deliver just what the audience expects. The plot may deal with death, features a gruesome and creepy grave digging scene, and revolves around (a possibly) mad scientist, but it is in no way a horror movie. Even the description of "thriller" is a little off the mark. Many may find it too slow, but I think it suited the material. The other problem is that despite the video packaging on the old VHS copy I watched the legendary Kinski ('Nosferatu', 'Crawlspace', 'Venom') has only a small, albeit important, supporting role as "the Swiss man." The real star of the movie, though sadly he has little star power, is Hiram Keller ('Seven Death's In The Cats Eye') who plays Dr. Ben Land, a young and driven scientist who takes over the work of a dead colleague who was investigating halting the ageing process. Land becomes increasingly obsessed with his experiments, believing the older man was close to cracking the secret of immortality. While continuing the research he also begins an affair with the dead man's mistress (the sultry Tina Aumont, who played Helmut Berger's wife in the sexploitation classic 'Salon Kitty'), and begins to wonder just exactly what the shadowy "Swiss man" Ulrich (Kinski) has to do with it all. I enjoyed 'Lifespan' a lot more than I expected, especially once I shook off my horror expectations, and got over my disappointment at the relative lack of Kinski, the main reason I watched it in the first place. Keller makes a dull leading man, the ending is a bit anti-climactic and probably not to everyone's taste, but I say give it a go, you might find this odd movie to be as curious and watchable as I did.

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