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


(as Alexander Whitelaw)

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Net (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The aging writer Aurelio Morelli is disillusioned: although the critics like his books, they are barely read. He develops hatred on youth and their depraved moral. One night he goes with a ... See full summary »

Director: Manfred Purzer
Stars: Mel Ferrer, Klaus Kinski, Heinz Bennent
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this allegory on capitalism, director of a known car corporation invites one of his employees to his country villa to give him the good news. He just got promoted. However, the old man is not what he seems and promotion has a price.

Director: Corrado Farina
Stars: Adolfo Celi, Geraldine Hooper, Giuliano Esperanti
Love & Money (1982)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A billionaire businessman hires a man to influence a South American dictator. He winds up having an affair with the billionaire's wife.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Ray Sharkey, Ornella Muti, Klaus Kinski
Haine (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A drifter on a motorcycle happens to be passing through a town immediately after a young school girl has been run over and killed by an unknown person on a motorcycle.

Director: Dominique Goult
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Maria Schneider, Patrice Melennec
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Professor Paris Catalano visits Venice, to investigate the last known appearance of the famous vampire Nosferatu during the carnival of 1786.

Directors: Augusto Caminito, Mario Caiano, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Elisabeth, a 11 year old girl, visits Marcel, a mute gardener every morning with whom she shares a very particular friendship. During three years, their bond grows stronger, as Marcel seems to be the only person she can connect to.

Director: Raphaële Billetdoux
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Pénélope Palmer, Michel Robin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Sergio Garrone
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Katia Christine, Marzia Damon
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A romance of extremes in Athens tomorrow. A cashier finds true love in the face of a young waitress who has just been released from prison. When he looses her, he travels all the way to get her back.

Director: Dimitris Athanitis
Stars: Kostas Kazanas, Lena Kitsopoulou, Giorgos Kotanidis
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A serial killer whose mother was a prostitute starts killing streetwalkers as a way of paying back his mother for her abuse.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Josephine Chaplin, Andreas Mannkopff
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter Tanja retired to a life of seclusion, covering with a dark veil ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Garrone
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Katia Christine, Marzia Damon
Western | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

There's a frontier feud on the border of Mexico. Outlaw Hagen's brothers have been killed by Nevada's Kid's family.

Director: Demofilo Fidani
Stars: Jack Betts, Gordon Mitchell, Ray Saunders
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man and woman fall into an erotic nightmare when they are stalked by a disturbed man.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Asuka Kurosawa, Yûji Kôtari, Shin'ya Tsukamoto


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Ben Land
Nicholas Ulrich
Fons Rademakers ...
Prof. van Arp
Eric Schneider ...
Dr. Linden
Frans Mulder ...
Pim Henke (as Franz Mulder)
Lyda Polak ...
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 ...
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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


See all certifications »



| | |


Release Date:

1 October 1976 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Esperanza de vida  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ahead of its Time

"Lifespan" is a partially successful film, beset by too naive dramatic turns and dialogues in view of the serious issues addressed in its plot (a young doctor who aspires to immortality and achieve the status of God, while his words reveal a high level of gerontophobia) and gratuitous eroticism that mostly adds to expose the anatomy of the leading lady, a character that contributes little to the plot. However, one must admit that the film covers several topics concerning the survival of humanity which are strongly current today, making this drama of scientific anticipation (rather than science-fiction) a visionary film, albeit on a small scale. "Lifespan" addresses the global status of drug factories, which are supposed to alleviate humanity's ills. Today financial gain has been imposed upon people's welfare, supported by a "natural selection" of the fittest based on the individuals' riches, which, as any son of neighbor knows, are the results of many persons' greed and hoarding of material goods of our planet, which by nature (and elementary philosophical reasoning) belong to everybody. Moreover, "Lifespan" speaks of vanity rather than mankind's need of immortality. The obsession of the three main males in the plot with the pretty and beautiful Anna is a reflection of man's desire to "entrap" this (so overrated) skin-deep stage of life, while the elderly are called "the almost dead". In this age of mutilating surgeries, pseudo- transformations of gender, anatomy and curves, "Lifespan" is very much in force and delights in the beautiful faces and bodies of its dream cast, which reunites three icons of the counterculture beauty of the 1970s: American Hiram Keller, French Tina Aumont and West German Klaus Kinski. If one is a bit tolerant of the limitations I have noted, you will find a high level of inspiration that often reaches moments of fascination, that, although not maintained throughout the duration of the film, constitute a time capsule of an era, of a way of thinking and seeing the world that anticipated how it would be our own. Recommendable.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
utterdross damienanderson1
Discuss Lifespan (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: