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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
Actor: John Travolta
Director: Randal Kleiser
Genres: Drama, Television
PG     2003     1hr 40min



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Actor: John Travolta
Director: Randal Kleiser
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Television
Studio: Westlake Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/01/2003
Original Release Date: 11/12/1976
Theatrical Release Date: 11/12/1976
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Great story, low quality dvd but worth purchasing
Brett Johnson | 11/26/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)

"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."
The Boy In The Plastic Bubble
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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)"
Brett Johnson | 02/14/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I actually enjoyed "The Boy In The Plastic Bubble" more than I thought I would. After all, it has been the topic of many jokes over the years. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had some very nice human elements to it. John Travolta did a pretty good job of playing Tod, a teenager with a severe immune deficiency who is forced to live in an enclosed germ free area in his house. He spent a lot of the film acting rather goofy and socially inept. That made a lot of sense though for someone who had limited contact with the general public.Tod has spent many years watching the teenage girl next door, Gina (Glynnis O'Connor). He is extremely attracted to her but whether she feels the same way about him is questionable. Eventually, Tod is able to go through a series of steps which allow him more and more freedom. He uses this new found freedom to both try and fit in with the other kids as best he can and also woo Gina. There are some touching moments between the two of them although at times it crosses over into being too cut and dry. I would've liked the filmmakers to have made the situation between them a bit more complex. Robert Reed and Diana Hyland, who play Tod's parents, are given less screen time than one might think. The real story here is about Tod's dreams of one day being "normal" and falling in love with Gina. His relationship with his parents is very secondary. Oddly, Hyland won an Emmy for her performance even though she didn't get a chance to exhibit any real emotion or acting skill."The Boy In The Plastic Bubble" doesn't know if it wants to be more of a romance or a medical drama. It ends up doing both fairly well and is worth the buy at such a low price."
SCID Is Not the Same Thing as HIV Or Aids!
Brett Johnson | 11/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Boy In The Plastic Bubble is a good movie, I saw it on cable and I liked it. Ignore the review from the anonymous review from the person from Atlanta Georgia that is dated April 12, 2004 that staes the boy in this movie was placed in a protective bubble because he had aids and was put in a bubble to keep people safe from him and that is just so WRONG, first off the boy didn't have aids or HIV! He had SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficency) which caused his immune system to not be able to fight off disease which includes a cold which most people can shake off easily, he was put in a protective bubble to keep him safe from other people and their every day germs which could kill him! SCID only effects the person who has it and is not spreadable! Maybe it's just me but I thought that review was insenstitive to people with SCID and also HIV and Aids and is proof that not only should people think before they speak but in this case they should also think before they type!"