The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)

A lifetime of loneliness...Or one day of love

  • Genre: TV Movie, Drama
  • Release Date: 1976-11-12
  • User Rating: 5.7/10 from 99 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Spelling-Goldberg Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Randal Kleiser
star 5.7/10
From 99 Ratings


Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system. 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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  • John Travolta

    as Tod Lubitch
  • Glynnis O'Connor

    as Gina Biggs
  • Robert Reed

    as Johnny Lubitch
  • Diana Hyland

    as Mickey Lubitch
  • Karen Morrow

    as Martha Biggs
  • Howard Platt

    as Neighbor
  • Buzz Aldrin

    as Himself
  • Ralph Bellamy

    as Dr. Gunther
  • John Friedrich

    as Roy Slater
  • Kelly Ward

    as Tom Shuster
  • Skip Lowell

    as Bruce Shuster
  • John Megna

    as Smith
  • Vernee Watson-Johnson

    as Gwen
  • Darrell Zwerling

    as Mr. Brister
  • P.J. Soles

    as Deborah
  • Timothy Himes

    as Obnoxious Reporter
  • Victor Brandt

    as TV Installer
  • Hilda Haynes

    as The Nurse
  • Jack McLaughlin-Gray

    as Principal
  • Erna Foxworth

    as Neighbor
  • Karri Kirsch

    as Gina at 3 Years Old
  • Kimberly Kirsch

    as Gina at 3 Years Old
  • Seth Wagerman

    as Tod at 3 Years Old
  • Anne Ramsey

    as Rachel
  • Len Felber

    as Graduation Spectator (uncredited)
Art Jeff Haley Set Decoration
Art Ted Cooper Property Master
Directing Randal Kleiser Director
Production Joel Thurm Producer
Sound Mark Snow Original Music Composer
Production Leonard Goldberg Executive Producer
Editing John McSweeney Jr. Editor
Writing Douglas Day Stewart Story
Writing Douglas Day Stewart Teleplay
Production Aaron Spelling Executive Producer
Art Paul Sylos Art Direction
Camera Archie R. Dalzell Director of Photography
Production Cindy Dunne Producer
Production William A. Calihan Jr. Production Manager
Writing Joe Morgenstern Story
Directing Mike Moder Assistant Director
Production Shelley Hull Associate Producer
Costume & Make-Up Michael J. Long Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Judith A. Cory Hairstylist
Sound Bill Jackson Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Stanley Smith Makeup Artist
Production Norman Henry Production Manager
Sound Jerry Pirozzi Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Joanne Haas Costume Design
Sound Vic Carpenter Sound Engineer
Art John Hollis Construction Coordinator
Crew Dick Reilly Post Production Supervisor