The Man Who Wanted to Live Forever (1970)

35mm film, colour, 1.33:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The

A Canadian science fiction television film directed by John Trent.

Plot Summary

Multi-billionaire T.M. Trask runs an isolated medical research centre which hires heart specialist Dr McCarter Purvis as its new head. But Purvis soon uncovers a monstrous conspiracy – ailing old men are being kept alive by spare parts salvaged from young guinea pigs.


* = uncredited

Directed by: John Trent
© Palomar Pictures International Limited Toronto, Canada MCMLXX [1970]
A Palomar Pictures International presentation. Produced in cooperation with The Canadian Film Development Corporation
Executive Producers: Edgar J. Scherick, Henry Denker
Produced by: Terence Dene
Production Manager: Marilyn Stonehouse
Assistant Production Manager: Tony Lucibello
Teleplay by: Henry Denker
2nd Unit Director: Al Simmonds
Assistant Director: Al Simmonds
2nd Assistant Director: Brian Walker
Continuity: Ruby Renaut
Director of Photography: Marc Champion
2nd Unit Photography: Mogens Gander
Gaffer: Chris Holmes
Key Grip: Ron Gillham
Still Photography: Laszlo Szilvassy
Editors: M.C. Manne, Ron Wisman
Assistant Editor: Honor Griffith
Negative Cutter: Francoise Franque
Laboratory and Sound Services: Film House, Toronto
Music by: Dolores Claman
Orchestration and Sound Consultant: Roy Smith
Music Recorded at: Eastern Sound, Toronto
Sound Mixer: Russ Heise
Re-recordist: John Aldred
Sound Editors: Ralph Brunjes, Ron Wisman
Wardrobe: Roger Palmer
Make-up: Ken Brooke
Hair Dresser: James Keeler
Opticals and Special Effects: Film Opticals, Toronto
Art Director: Jack McAdam
Set Dresser: Earl Fisset
Property Master: Wilf Culley
Location Auditor: Heather McIntosh
Locations: Bugaboo Mountains, British Columbia, Canada *; Ontario Science Centre, North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada *
Casting: Pamela Barney

Sandy Dennis ([Dr] Enid [Bingham])
Stuart Whitman ([Dr] McCarter [Purvis])
Burl Ives ([T.M.] Trask)
Tom Harvey (McBride)
Robert Goodier ([Dr Wilfrid] Morton)
Ron Hartmann ([Dr John] Emmett)
Jack Creley ([Dr George] Simmons)
Joseph Shaw ([Dr Franz] Heinemann)
Allen Doremus ([Dr Carl] Bryant)
Ken James (Clinton)
Harvey Fisher (copter pilot 6)
Robert Warner (guard)
James Forrest (guard)
Robert Mann (guard)
John Davies (doctor)
Clem Hambourg (pianist)
Dr V.K. Saini, George Pyfrom, Claudia Koropecki (surgical team)

Alternative Titles

The Heart Farm
The Only Way Out is Dead – UK



  • Kinematograph Weekly no.3301 (16 January 1971) pp.10-11 – review
  • Today's Cinema no.9872 (15 January 1971) p.8 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.214 no.10 (17 December 1970) p.12 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin no.445 (February 1971) (UK) – credits, synopsis, review