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)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Ben Land
Nicholas Ulrich
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.

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Release Date:

1 October 1976 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Esperanza de vida  »

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1.85 : 1
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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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An Underrated Gem Of A Suspense-Drama Film. Superb And Thought-Provoking!
14 February 2011 | by (Kenya) – See all my reviews

This story is beautifully told and is seen through the eyes of an American doctor Ben Land (Hiram Keller). He travels to Amsterdam to attend a convention on the topic of aging and the lifespan of man. There he sees the celebrated Dr. Linden, an expert on aging who is supposedly close to a breakthrough.

Having forgotten to extend his hotel reservation, Ben finds himself stranded without a place of accommodation. He is helped by Dr. Linden who says that he could move in to his rooms the next day and stay as long as he wished. He also said that his landlady is an old friend of his and that he would have no trouble moving in.

Having a desire to talk to Linden the next day, Land inquires whether he would be available. Linden gives a passing remark that he would be "tied up the next day" and calmly walks off without a word.

The next day he is greeted by the landlady who remarks on the youthful appearance of Ben. Then he is lead to Linden's quarters. On opening the door they are witness to a gruesome scene: Dr. Linden is found hanging from a rope hooked to the ceiling-beam.

What was the reason that caused Linden to hand himself? And what of his secretive research into the process of aging? Had he achieved a success with his experiments?

These are the things you will find out when you seen the film to its eventual end.

This film shows some erotic scenes and is therefore not suitable for children.

The film also stars Klaus Kinski and the beautiful Tina Aumont. The film is directed by Sandy Whitelaw and written by him along with Judith Rascoe and Alva Ruben. The Cinematography is by Eduard van der Enden.

Verdict: 10/10. Add it to your DVD collection.

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