The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Nov 1, 1976 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Welcome Back Kotter star John Travolta headlines the made-for-TV Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Douglas Day Stewart's fact-based teleplay casts Travolta as Tod Lubitsch, a teenager who was born without disease immunities. Tod is forced to live out his life in incubator conditions; whenever he vetnures into the outdoors, he must be encased in a huge plastic bubble. When he falls in love with Gina Biggs (Glynnis O'Connor), Tod must decide between staying safe and following his heart, which would mean facing near-certain death. Diana Hyland won an Emmy for her portrayal of Travolta's mother. Incidentally, Hyland and Travolta became real-life lovers, a relationship that was tragically terminated when the actress died of cancer. Boy in the Plastic Bubble was first telecast November 12, 1976.

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germ-free-environment, immune-deficiency, coming-of-age, disease, isolation, love