Boy In The Plastic Bubble Dvd

Written by Sarah Provost
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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble was made for ABC's Friday Night Movie in 1976, when John Travolta was at the height of his teen heartthrob status as Vinnie Barbarino. Here he portrays Tod Lubitch, who was born with severe combined immune deficiencies and spent most of his life confined to one hermetically sealed room. This TV movie showed that Travolta had the ability to truly act, in addition to a killer dimpled grin.

The main action of the story concerns Tod as a teenager. He's been confined to one room for his entire life, with no direct human contact. During that time, he's watched the comings and goings of the girl next door, and fallen in love with her.

Now he is no longer content with his lonely existence. He has choices to make: will he risk his life to attend school and be with other people, or will he stay safe in his room, living but not really alive? Travolta's sensitive acting makes this much less hokey than it sounds.

Based on a True Story

The film is based on the life of David Vetter, who was born in 1971 with the same immune deficiency that had killed his older brother. He lived in an isolation room until he was twelve. At that point he received bone marrow from his sister in an attempt at a cure. Unfortunately, an Epstein-Barr virus in the marrow developed into a fatal form of lymphoma and he died shortly thereafter.


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