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John Travolta in "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble"

The film, "Boy in a Plastic Bubble" from 1976, centers on the life of Tod Lubitch (John Travolta), who was born with an improperly functioning immune system. This means that contact with unfiltered air may kill him, so he must live out his life in incubator conditions.

He lives with his parents, since they decided to move him from the hospital where he was being kept as a boy.

He is constricted to staying in his room all his life, where he eats, learns, reads and exercises, while being protected from the outside world by various coverings.

from imdb.com: Based on a true story, Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system (which is unlike being born with AIDS).

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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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Cast: 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. Ernest Gunther
John Friedrich...Roy Slater
Kelly Ward...Tom Shuster
Skip Lowell...Bruce Shuster
John Megna...Smith
Vernee Watson-Johnson...Gwen (as Vernee Watson)
Darrell Zwerling...Mr. Brister (as Darryl Zwerling)

Director: Randal Kleiser
Producer: Cindy Dunne, Joel Thurm
Production Company: American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Runtime: 96 minutes
Produced: 1976

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Before their blockbuster collaboration on Grease, John Travolta and director Randal Kleiser boosted their early careers with this well-acted, sensitively directed television movie. Teenager Tod Lubitch (Travolta) is forced to live in a plastic isolation chamber because he was born with a nonfunctioning immune system, leaving him vulnerable to even the most common everyday viruses. A unique coming-of-age story, the movie (first telecast in 1976) has become the subject of jokes over the years, but Travolta's comeback has sparked new interest in the star's Welcome Back, Kotter days. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon. Actors: John Travolta. Date: November 1, 2003. Run Time: 100 minutes

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