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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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Slow but interesting low key drama about the search for immortality. 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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Additional Details

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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Slow but interesting low key drama about the search for immortality., 26 December 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'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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