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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)

The girl next door makes a teen born with immune deficiencies want to leave his germ-free bubble.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martha Biggs
Buzz Aldrin
John Friedrich ...
Roy Slater
Tom Shuster
Skip Lowell ...
Bruce Shuster
Darrell Zwerling ...
Mr. Brister (as Darryl Zwerling)


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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Born with no immunity against disease, he lives in a plastic prison. Inside he is protected. Outside, there is the chance of death. But the chance of love.


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Release Date:

12 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Bubble Trouble  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


P.J. Soles and Travolta would again co-star together that same year in Brian DePalma's "Carrie." See more »


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 »


Johnny Lubitch: My son is not a freak!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) See more »


What Would They Say
Composed by Paul Williams
Sung by Paul Williams
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Another Perspective
16 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie when it first aired and was happy to watch it again, this time with a new perspective. Now I am a mother and grandmother. However the greatest shift in perspective comes from being married to a man who has been in prison for 20 years. At odd moments I am given the opportunity to have a glimpse of what it might be like for him to come home one day. This was such a movie. Another was "The Terminal" with Tom Hanks. I couldn't contain my sobs when he was finally able to step through the doors to freedom. Freedom, perhaps the most taken for granted and wonderful blessing allowed to anyone.

As in the story of Todd in "The Boy In The Plastic Bubble" something or someone not understood is easy to discount or hate. When there is an opportunity to understand and feel compassion it doesn't diminish us, it brings growth and maturity.

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