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Release Date:
1 October 1976 (Netherlands) See more »
A doctor trying to develop a serum to lengthen life tries his formula out on the unsuspecting residents of an old-age home. | Add synopsis »
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engrossing, intellectual drama See more (5 total) »


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Hiram Keller ... Dr. Ben Land
Tina Aumont ... Anna

Klaus Kinski ... Nicholas Ulrich
Fons Rademakers ... 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
Rudi Falkenhagen ... Police Inspector
Paul Melton ... Journalist
Rudolf Lucieer ... Journalist

Directed by
Sandy Whitelaw  (as Alexander Whitelaw)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Judith Rascoe 
Alva Ruben 
Sandy Whitelaw  (as Alexander Whitelaw)

Produced by
Sandy Whitelaw .... producer (as Alexander Whitelaw)
Original Music by
Terry Riley 
Cinematography by
Eduard van der Enden 
Film Editing by
Jan Dop 
Hetty Konink 
August Verschueren 
Casting by
Hans Kemna 
Production Design by
Benedict Schillemans 
Set Decoration by
Herman de Vries 
Makeup Department
Ulli Ullrich .... makeup artist (as Ulli Ulrich)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Olga Madsen .... assistant director
Eva van der Voort .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jacques Eippers .... sound recordist (as Jaques Eippers)
Christian Le Duc .... boom operator
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pieter De Vos .... best boy
Eddy Holemans .... gaffer
Fitte Kouw .... best boy
André Olivier .... chief gaffer
Henk Risch .... assistant camera
Rick Roessems .... grip (as Rick Roesems)
Cons Tresfon .... second assistant camera (as Cons Trefons)
Casting Department
Leo Thonhauser .... extras casting (as Leon Thonhauser)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carla Pluim .... wardrobe
Sjaak .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Wouter Snip .... assistant editor
Other crew
Helen Belien .... production secretary
Nicole Eippers .... caterer
Titia Jaarsveld .... script girl
Steve Jaffe .... assistant to director
Remmelt Remmelts .... production assistant
Ronald van Paare .... production accountant
Cedric Vonk .... production assistant
Marianne Willems .... script girl
James Wyatt .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
UK:77 min | USA:85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) | UK:18

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 »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
engrossing, intellectual drama, 12 January 2003
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania

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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