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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:
... Tod Lubitch
... Gina Biggs
... Johnny Lubitch
... Mickey Lubitch
... Martha Biggs
... Neighbor
... Buzz Aldrin
... Dr. Gunther
... Roy Slater
... Tom Shuster
Skip Lowell ... Bruce Shuster
... Smith
... Gwen
Darrell Zwerling ... Mr. Brister (as Darryl Zwerling)
... Deborah
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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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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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During filming, 22-year-old 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 writer and producer Joseph Goodson when she passed away on Sunday, March 27, 1977, four months after their TV movie's broadcast, and while Travolta was filming Saturday Night Fever (1977). See more »

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In the opening scenes, as the baby is wheeled down the hospital corridor in the sealed incubator the actors accidentally lift the camera side of the incubator allowing germ-filled air to enter the incubator. See more »

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Johnny Lubitch: My son is not a freak!
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What Would They Say
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Composed by Paul Williams
Sung by Paul Williams
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One Of Travolta's Best Movies.
24 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

I can still remember this movie when it was shown on TV back in 1976. I thought it was a good story. It still is, but I was extremely disappointed in the DVD release of it. It's a really bad transfer & the packaging that it came in is really pitiful. I can't understand why they (Essex Entertainment) would want to cheapen the best format in the world?

There was also a huge error on it as well. On the disc they have: "The Boy In The Bubble".

It's a shame that this great movie had to be wrecked by a very poor DVD release.


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