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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Cast

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

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1 October 1976 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Esperanza de vida  »

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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 »

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engrossing, intellectual drama
12 January 2003 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

As the previous review states, "Lifespan" owes little to the genres of suspense or horror. Instead, it's a brainy, absorbing drama that's rewarding to those who give it a chance. Hiram Keller plays an American scientist picking up on the research of a colleague who committed suicide, and discovers he was on the verge of finding a cure to the aging process. Klaus Kinski is excellent (as always) in a small role as the owner of a sinister pharmaceutical company. The film plays out much like the early works of David Cronenberg (minus the violence and special effects); his fans should appreciate this. The only drawbacks, really, are an ambiguous ending (which actually fits the rest of the film), and the sometimes-corny, self-conscious voice-over narration. 3 stars out of 5.


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