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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.

Director:

Randal Kleiser

Writers:

Douglas Day Stewart (teleplay), Joe Morgenstern (story) (as Joseph Morgenstern) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Tod Lubitch
Glynnis O'Connor ... Gina Biggs
Robert Reed ... Johnny Lubitch
Diana Hyland ... Mickey Lubitch
Karen Morrow ... Martha Biggs
Howard Platt ... Neighbor
Buzz Aldrin ... Buzz Aldrin
Ralph Bellamy ... Dr. Gunther
John Friedrich ... Roy Slater
Kelly Ward ... Tom Shuster
Skip Lowell Skip Lowell ... Bruce Shuster
John Megna ... Smith
Vernee Watson ... Gwen
Darrell Zwerling ... Mr. Brister (as Darryl Zwerling)
P.J. Soles ... Deborah
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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bubble Trouble See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Vernee Watson who played "Gwen", would later co-star with Travolta again on the TV series,"Welcome Back Kotter". P.J. Soles would two years later star in John Carpenter's"Halloween ". And John Friedrich would have 3 years later star in "The Wanderers". See more »

Goofs

Todd swallows the eye from his Teddy bear. the parents run down to get Todd to cough up the plastic eye to save him from choking. the scene fades to black. there is no scene that actually shows them removing the plastic eye from the chamber, so Todd is free to swallow it again. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Lubitch: [to his wife] There were never two people in the world that were more meant to be parents than you and me.
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Connections

Referenced in Cheers: The Girl in the Plastic Bubble (1992) See more »

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What Would They Say
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Composed by Paul Williams
Sung by Paul Williams
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Another Perspective
16 March 2006 | by jo31794See 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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