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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

 

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
Directed by Randal Kleiser
Produced by Cindy Dunne
Joel Thurm
Written by Screenplay:
Douglas Day Stewart
Story:
Joe Morgenstern
Starring John Travolta
Diana Hyland
Robert Reed
Ralph Bellamy
Glynnis O'Connor
Music by Mark Snow
Editing by John McSweeney Jr.
Country USA
Language English
Original channel ABC
Release date November 1, 1976
Running time 97 min.

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 made-for-TV movie inspired by the lives of David Vetter and Ted DeVita, who lacked effective immune systems. It stars John Travolta, Glynnis O'Connor, Diana Hyland, Robert Reed, and P.J. Soles. It was written by Douglas Day Stewart, executive produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg (who, at the time, produced Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels), and directed by Randal Kleiser, who would work with Travolta again in Grease shortly after. The original music score was composed by Mark Snow. William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills was used for filming.

The movie first aired on November 1, 1976, on the ABC television network.

Contents

  • Plot summary 1
  • Main cast 2
  • Reception 3
  • Impact 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot summary

The film centers on the life of Tod Lubitch, 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-like conditions. He lives with his parents, since they decided to move him from Texas Children's 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.

As Tod grows up, he wishes to see more of the outside world and meet regular people his age. He is enrolled at the local school after being equipped with suitable protective clothing, similar in style to a space suit. He falls in love with his next door neighbor, Gina Biggs, and he must decide between following his heart and facing near-certain death, or remaining in his protective bubble forever. In the end, after having a discussion with his doctor who tells him he has built up some immunities which may possibly be enough to survive the real world, he steps outside his house, unprotected, and he and Gina ride off on her horse.

Main cast

Reception

The "Bubble Boy" who inspired this film, David Vetter, questioned the film's depiction of how sterile Tod's use of the spacesuit was. Vetter scoffed at the idea that Travolta's character could simply wear the space suit back into the isolator without contaminating the bubble.[1]

The film was nominated for four Emmy Awards, winning one posthumously for Hyland.

Impact

Days after [2] Noonan's use was a reference to The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.[2]

The film inspired the first song on the 1986 Paul Simon album Graceland.[3] In 1992, the film's premise was satirized in the seventh episode of the fourth season of Seinfeld. It was also the subject of the 2001 comedic remake Bubble Boy and the 2007 musical In the Bubble produced by American Music Theatre Project and featuring a book by Rinne Groff, music by Michael Friedman and Joe Popp and lyrics by Friedman, Groff and Popp.[3]

The film was mentioned several times on the series That '70s Show, in the "Thirst" episode of NCIS and in the film Superstar.

The film had a personal impact on Travolta and Hyland, who began a six-month romantic relationship until her death, after the film ended principal photography.[4]

See also


References

  1. ^ McVicker, Steve. "Bursting the Bubble." Houston Press, April 10, 1997.
  2. ^ a b c  
  3. ^ a b "World Premiere 'In the Bubble' Fourth New Musical for AMTP".  
  4. ^ "High Steppin' to stardom".  

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