Sunday, April 16, 2017

1970-The Immortal

This man has a singular advantage over other men. Ben Richards is immune to every known disease, including old age. Periodic transfusions of his blood can give other men a second, a third lifetime, perhaps more.
Ben Richards will live longer than anyone has ever lived, but a transfusion to the wrong man could make him a prisoner for all time. And so he runs from the hunters, the human hounds who would cage him.
Originally a 1969 ABC Movie of the Week, The Immortal starred Christopher George as a test car driver that discovers his blood makes him immune to disease and will give him a greatly extended lifespan unless he lost his life to injury.
Notable as one of the early imitators of The Fugitive, the main character is on the run from wealthy men that would imprison him to extend their own lives. The show was based on the science fiction novel The Immortals, by James Gunn.
15 episodes aired from September 1970 to January 1971. No release was ever made, but the original TV movie is findable on YouTube.

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