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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:

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble 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

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 Groove High: The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (2012) See more »

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What Would They Say
(uncredited)
Composed by Paul Williams
Sung by Paul Williams
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That's not a ghost
9 October 2009 | by blackmarketkidneyslessSee all my reviews

They live next to a lake (Every guy who ever watched the movie remembers Gina in her bikini). It's a sailboat. You can see it turning around. Given the production value, it was probably someone who lived near the location, and they made no attempt to dissuade them, because it would look more natural.

I agree with the assessment that notes if they didn't leave it open ended, you wouldn't remember it.

Given our culture's obsession with gaining answers, and that the actors are both still alive, I'm sure someone has pitched a sequel to John and Glynnis about reprising their roles, with them deeply involved in their immunodeficiency research foundation. Or, if you prefer ironic plot twists, he's fine, and she now has HIV from a transfusion...


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