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Welcome Back Kotter star John Travolta proved he could cut the mustard dramatically in the made-for-TV The 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 following his heart or facing near-certain death. Diana Hyland won an Emmy for her portrayal of Travolta's mother. Ironically, 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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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A "Bubble" Review
Best quality DVD of this title available!! John Travolta starred in this tele film at the height of his Welcome Back Kotter fame and just before his Oscar nominated turn in Saturday Night Fever which would be the role that ensured his status as one of the most bankable stars in history. Here he plays a teen who is forced to live in a "bubble" due the fact that since birth, he cannot be exposed to germs. The film co stars Travolta's then girlfriend Diana Hyland as his mother, Brady dad Robert Reed as his father, and Glynis O'Connor as the girl next door that he falls for. Nicely directed by Grease director Randal Kleiser, the film is a nicely told tale based very loosely on a real life story. Great ending theme song by Paiul Williams. Travolta is truly great here.