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.
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Too mawkish and melodramatic for my tastes. This is one really dreary story with bad acting and cornball dialogue. Only thing I liked was the theme song by Paul Williams.
I liked his shorts. This is my new favorite film. I really like watching it over and over and over again. Its swell!
I remember watching this movie on television when I was a little girl. I cried like a baby, then. When I watch it now, a tear still comes to my eye because of the "overall" meaning. Being done in the 1970's, the quality is less than perfect and the sound is distorted. However, since I remember it when I was younger, it holds my interest until the end.The end? Which I always thought was a disappointment, they never stated what happened to him. It took me several hours of research to find out what happened to the real "Boy In The Plastic Bubble." For those of you who would like to know: His real name was "David Vetter." He died at age 12 from a bone marrow transplant.I would recommend this movie for persons who remember watching it when they were younger or for people who are interested in SCID. (Severe Combined Immune Deficiency)
THIS TV MADE MOVIE LOOKS AND FEELS JUST LIKE THAT. THE ACTING AND DIRECTION IS BELOW AVERAGE. OVERLY SENTIMENTAL. THIS MOVIE IS MOSTLY SIGNIFICANT TODAY AS A GLIMPSE OF JOHN TRAVOLTA BEFORE HIS BIG SCREEN DEBUT.
They live next to a lake (Every guy who ever watched the movieremembers Gina in her bikini). It's a sailboat. You can see it turningaround. Given the production value, it was probably someone who livednear the location, and they made no attempt to dissuade them, becauseit would look more natural.I agree with the assessment that notes if they didn't leave it openended, you wouldn't remember it.Given our culture's obsession with gaining answers, and that the actorsare both still alive, I'm sure someone has pitched a sequel to John andGlynnis about reprising their roles, with them deeply involved in theirimmunodeficiency research foundation. Or, if you prefer ironic plottwists, he's fine, and she now has HIV from a transfusion...
I caught this movie on HBO late one night recently, after hearing about itfor years as "that John Travolta movie about the boy in thebubble."It was bad. No, it was awful. As someone suggested earlier, it's awonderthat MST3K never got a hold of it. But a funny thing happened on theway -the movie went around the circle of quality until it got to bad. It thenkept going, getting worse and worse, until it made its way full circlebackto great. I'll admit - Citizen Kane this ain't, but it's great for areally, really, bad movie.Just for laughs, imagine Travolta in his Vinnie Barbarino voice saying"Heyyy... I'm in a bubble heah..."It's too bad he couldn't have stayed in that bubble, sparing us the agonyofBattleship Earth and the Look Who's Talking series.
John Travlota gives a rivetting and sensitive performance as Tod Lubitch; a boy forced to live in a plastic insolation chamber due to a deficient, or lack of, immune system. Despite numerous challenges, frustrations and obstacles, Tod Lubitch never gives up and continues to reach for what seems unobtainable, he dazzles would-be taunters with his keen wit and charm, successfully wooes the ever popular girl of his dreams, and helps design a spacesuit to wear that will enable him to leave his "bubble". Without giving too much of the plot away its worth saying that this movie is a collector's item. I believe that the person who wrote the review on November 23, 2004 misread the review by the person in Atlanta. The person not once states that Tod Lubitch has AIDS or HIV, but expresses concern over how society treats those who are sick; our elderly, young, poor etc. And how health care has quickly become a luxury rather than a privilege. Not one person in our rich Nation should go without adequate medical coverage. Lastly, much can be learned from this movie by those who are open-minded and receptive to it. One of the most important messages it delivers is that with a little kindness, compassion, and acceptance one can overcome just about anything. Remember, it much easier to judge and hate than it is to love and accept those who seem different.
The visual quality was poor and the movie cuts off at the end before the credits...
Sure, it has some of that 70s tv movie goofiness, but mostly this is a nicely told story of a young man who must stay inside a plastic enclosure because his immune system is all but nonexistent. There is some good development of plot and characters as he becomes a teenager and wants to go to school, meet a girl, have friends, etc.
It is great to see this movie again after so many years. The story is still great. The quality of the DVD is not great but for the low price and a great story it is worth the purchase. The quality of the picture is very old, poor quality. It looks as if the master copy did not age very well. There is also a bad spot in the software and about 1 minute of the film is scrambled. The DVD package is a simple cardbord box and plastic insert.A good economic purchase.
This film will always be one of many in the long line of disease of theweekmovies that were, and still are, so prevalent. The only thing thatdifferentiates this film from the others is the fact that it introducedJohnTravolta to the woman whom many have said was his greatest love, DianaHyland. Its almost weird to think that Travolta would fall in love withthewoman who played his mother. The other crazy thing is looking at him allofa sudden playing a sensitive, almost sympathetic character as opposed tothecool, but dumb, Vinnie Barbarino.
i bought this movie before i rented it because john travolta is cool.then i thought it would be kinda stupid because it was on sale for only $2.00.but i decided i would try to live through it.a little boring at times,but the ending sorta made it all worth while
This review is from: The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (DVD) Unbelievable that I found this on DVD here. I searched everywhere trying to find it to complete my wife's Travolta collection. Heck, I wasn't even sure it was released on DVD, then BAM! here it is! And a great price. Also, it stated it was backordered, which bummed me out because it was for Christmas, but the seller hooked me up and it came just in time! Gift wrapped and all. She loved it!!
Give me more Glynnis O'Connor!! There's nothing like the way she teasesandcharms Mr. Barbarino. How about Mr. Brady slapping around cameramen - a1960's Sean Penn! It's a pretty dumb movie... but seeing Glynnis runningaround in her little bikini and showing off her assets. Yeah man - goodquality TV here!
before i saw this movie i thought it would be really boring.but then wen i saw it i loved it.i felt so bad for the kid in the movie cuz he was stuck in the plastic bubble his whole life.but i dont want to give away the ending if u diddnt this movie.
I saw this movie when I was realy little and in one word it was SCARY, maybe its because I didn't understand it but boy oh boy it freaked me out, if you have children that scare easily don't let them watch this movie.
I really enjoyed this movie. If it weren't for my obsession of John Travolta I would never have bought this movie. Im really glad I did because not only did Travolta play an excellent role, the whole movie just made me really think about what I have and what I should be happy for that I do have. (not to take things for grantit) I highly reccommend renting this movie.....it's EXCELLENT!
this particular film i liked because it show john when he was humble instead of a pasifist in all his other movies
During one of my frequent raids of the $1 DVD bins, I found this 1976made for TV movie. When reading the synopsis on the package I saw thatit was "based on a true story" of a boy named Tod Lubitch (played byJohn Travolta) who was born without an immune system and had to live ina sterile environment. That brought to my mind a Houston boy namedDavid Joseph Vetter III who was in the news a lot when I was growingup. David had the same problem, lived in the same environment and diedat the age of 12.Upon my research I discovered that this movie is fictional. There wasno Tod Lubitch. "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" was inspired by theaforementioned David but isn't about him. $1 DVDs have a bad habit ofproviding false information and the "true story" claim is yet anotherexample, as is the cover photo of Travolta, which appears to be only afew years old. He was actually in his early 20s when this movieoriginally aired.Now for the movie. After spending a few minutes each showing Tod's lifeas an infant and a four year old - when he begins spending some time athome, where a sterile room is set up for him - the remainder of themovie shows him around the age of 17.Despite the way he's forced live, Tod is a happy kid who has a closerelationship with his parents. But he holds out hope that someday hisbody will build up enough immunities for him to leave his sterileenvironment.Gradually, Tod is able to live a more normal life. He is sometimeswheeled outside in a protective cart. He participates in high schoolthrough televisions and cameras set up in his room and the classroom.And later he begins attending school in person by wearing a protectivesuit much like one an astronaut wears. Tod actually blends in fairlywell with the other students. He is a victim of some insensitivity butnot a lot and he ends up graduating.As the movie progresses, Tod falls in love with classmate and next doorneighbor Gina Biggs (Glynnis O'Connor). In one scene about midwaythrough the movie, she pretends to express romantic interest in him butthen he realizes she was just trying to win a bet with two of her malefriends, which devastates Tod. But she later has a change of heart andfalls for Tod, too.This leaves Tod with a monumental decision - continue to remain in hissterile environment, in which is only human contact is gloved hands, orrisk his life to be with Gina.For the most part, I like this movie. It tells a bittersweet story in avery moving way. Travolta's performance is convincing and he showsgreat signs of things to come. I found myself feeling really sorry forTod. The supporting cast is also strong and includes the late RobertReed ("The Brady Bunch") as Tod's father, Johnny Lubitch. I think thisis the only role I've ever seen Reed play other than Mike Brady. Hedisplays good serious acting skill.But the movie is marred by its unclear ending. And I noticed one othersignificant flaw - in a scene in which Tod's protective suit runs outof oxygen, he rushes into the sterile section of his classroom, aidedby classmates, and takes the suit off inside. It seems to me that theoutside of the suit would be carrying germs, which would contaminatethe sterile section and open Tod to germs that very well might killhim.The technical quality of the DVD that I have isn't great and looks likeit might have been a direct transfer from a master tape that had beensitting on a shelf for years. But the quality is decent enough to watchcomfortably.Overall, this is a very good movie that is well worth the dollar. 7/10.
This is one of my favorite movies, and I was to find that somebody had it.