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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This film is in the public domain. See more »

Goofs

John Travolta's character would not have been able to walk back into his bubble wearing his special suit after walking around outside in it. The suit would have contaminated the sterile environment. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Lubitch: My son is not a freak!
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

What Would They Say
(uncredited)
Composed by Paul Williams
Sung by Paul Williams
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Forget Travolta
16 August 2001 | by angry_white_maleSee all my reviews

Give me more Glynnis O'Connor!! There's nothing like the way she teases and charms Mr. Barbarino. How about Mr. Brady slapping around cameramen - a 1960's Sean Penn! It's a pretty dumb movie... but seeing Glynnis running around in her little bikini and showing off her assets. Yeah man - good quality TV here!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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