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||IMDB Rating: 5.7/10 from votes
||Release: 12 November 1976 (USA) /
||Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
||Director: Douglas Day Stewart,
||Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Darrell Zwerling, Diana Hyland, Glynnis O'Connor, Howard Platt, John Friedrich, John Megna, John Travolta, Karen Morrow, Kelly Ward, P.J. Soles, Ralph Bellamy, Robert Reed, Skip Lowell, Vernee Watson
||Synopsis: 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 <[email protected]>
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During one of my frequent raids of the $1 DVD bins, I found this 1976
made for TV movie. When reading the synopsis on the package I saw that
it was "based on a true story" of a boy named Tod Lubitch (played by
John Travolta) who was born without an immune system and had to live in
a sterile environment. That brought to my mind a Houston boy named
David Joseph Vetter III who was in the news a lot when I was growing
up. David had the same problem, lived in the same environment and died
at the age of 12.
Upon my research I discovered that this movie is fictional. There was
no Tod Lubitch. "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" was inspired by the
aforementioned David but isn't about him. $1 DVDs have a bad habit of
providing false information and the "true story" claim is yet another
example, as is the cover photo of Travolta, which appears to be only a
few years old. He was actually in his early 20s when this movie
Now for the movie. After spending a few minutes each showing Tod's life
as an infant and a four year old - when he begins spending some time at
home, where a sterile room is set up for him - the remainder of the
movie shows him around the age of 17.
Despite the way he's forced live, Tod is a happy kid who has a close
relationship with his parents. But he holds out hope that someday his
body will build up enough immunities for him to leave his sterile
Gradually, Tod is able to live a more normal life. He is sometimes
wheeled outside in a protective cart. He participates in high school
through televisions and cameras set up in his room and the classroom.
And later he begins attending school in person by wearing a protective
suit much like one an astronaut wears. Tod actually blends in fairly
well with the other students. He is a victim of some insensitivity but
not a lot and he ends up graduating.
As the movie progresses, Tod falls in love with classmate and next door
neighbor Gina Biggs (Glynnis O'Connor). In one scene about midway
through the movie, she pretends to express romantic interest in him but
then he realizes she was just trying to win a bet with two of her male
friends, which devastates Tod. But she later has a change of heart and
falls for Tod, too.
This leaves Tod with a monumental decision - continue to remain in his
sterile environment, in which is only human contact is gloved hands, or
risk his life to be with Gina.
For the most part, I like this movie. It tells a bittersweet story in a
very moving way. Travolta's performance is convincing and he shows
great signs of things to come. I found myself feeling really sorry for
Tod. The supporting cast is also strong and includes the late Robert
Reed ("The Brady Bunch") as Tod's father, Johnny Lubitch. I think this
is the only role I've ever seen Reed play other than Mike Brady. He
displays good serious acting skill.
But the movie is marred by its unclear ending. And I noticed one other
significant flaw - in a scene in which Tod's protective suit runs out
of oxygen, he rushes into the sterile section of his classroom, aided
by classmates, and takes the suit off inside. It seems to me that the
outside of the suit would be carrying germs, which would contaminate
the sterile section and open Tod to germs that very well might kill
The technical quality of the DVD that I have isn't great and looks like
it might have been a direct transfer from a master tape that had been
sitting on a shelf for years. But the quality is decent enough to watch
Overall, this is a very good movie that is well worth the dollar. 7/10.
Tags for The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Full Movie
, Darrell Zwerling
, Diana Hyland
, Glynnis O'Connor
, Howard Platt
, John Friedrich
, John Megna
, John Travolta
, Karen Morrow
, Kelly Ward
, P.J. Soles
, Ralph Bellamy
, Robert Reed
, Skip Lowell
, Vernee Watson
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