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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  12 November 1976 (USA)
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Based on a true story, Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system (which is unlike being born with AIDS). As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile ... See full summary »

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Based on a true story, Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system (which is unlike being born with AIDS). As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile environment. His room is completely hermetically sealed against bacteria and virus, his food is specially prepared, and his only human contact comes in the form of gloved hands. The movie follows his life into a teenager. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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During filming, John Travolta and 40-year-old Diana Hyland began dating and eventually fell in love, despite the fact that Hyland was nearly 18 years older than Travolta. She was still in the process of getting divorced from Joseph Goodson when she passed away on Sunday, March 27th, 1977, four months after their TV movie's broadcast, and while Travolta was filming "Saturday Night Fever." See more »

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Tod Lubitch is assigned a "bubble" roommate, Roy Slater, who has not been outside or in contact with the outside world for months. However, when Slater jumps on his bed, the soles of his bare feet are filthy. See more »

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Dr. Ernest Gunther: May we have the air conditioning ducts and heat vents closed, please. And no movement while the air settles down. Anybody down there planning on having an itch, please scratch it now. Not later, please.
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Bubble sputters and deflates
17 November 2001 | by (the ruins beneath the Planet of the Apes) – See all my reviews

This tv movie provided a big stepping stone for John Travolta, but its 70s sensibilities provoke more laughter than empathy for the plight of the title character. The "disease of the week" plot makes Glynnis O'Connor into a cruel and easy highschool bimbo, smoking cigarettes and parading about in a bikini. All to the frustration of trapped Travolta, who is desperate for companionship other than that of his dreary parents.

Does anyone still remember that Travolta had a passionate love affair in real life with the actress Diana Hyland, who played his mother here? He was devastated when she died of cancer a few years later. It's riotous fun to see his pre-"Saturday Night Fever" dance steps as he boogies down inside his bubble. It's obvious that he had some training before that other movie!


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