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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The inspiration for the first song on Paul Simon's 1986 album, "Graceland". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Ernest Gunther: May we have the air conditioning ducts and heat vents closed, please. And no movement while the air settles down. Anybody down there planning on having an itch, please scratch it now. Not later, please.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Little Girl in the Big Ten (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

What Would They Say
(uncredited)
Composed by Paul Williams
Sung by Paul Williams
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Jump over the bubble with joy at the fun of this dreaful movie!
23 June 2000 | by Spikey-2See all my reviews

What a wonderfully God-awful movie. Bears all the hallmarks of a mid 70's tv movie including woeful acting and a dreadful storyline. I'm not sure I've even laughed as much with this movie than I have at comedies.

John Travolta plays a boy born without an immune system back in the days before AIDS - before people said "well, these actors... you have to wonder." Based on a true story? Maybe, but if this were based on *my* true story, I wouldn't spend so long trying to get *out* of the bubble... I'd be trying to find more ways to hide.

The biggest surprise of the movie? The fact that the tv show "Mystery Science Theatre" didn't get their hands on it.

A previous contributor got it right, the DVD release is awful (fitting really, given the quality of the movie itself), bad transfer from a bad video copy. I swear, it looks like someone recorded it off a broken Betamax VCR. They even go so far as to proudly add to the flimsy packaging "This movie DOES NOT feature: scene access, dual dialogue" Still... what do you want for $5?

A great way to spend a Saturday evening with beer and pizza, making fun of the movie. And you can make fun of it over and over again, it never gets tired. Well worth spending $5 on for a lifetime of fun....


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