Posted on Thursday 20 June 2013
Best Made-for-TV Movies of the 1970s The 1970s represented the golden age of made-for-television movies. It was a decade when a film like ABC’s “Brian’s Song” (1971) or “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” (1976) could spellbind a nation. “Brian’s Song, satellite tv in florida,” based on a true story, may indeed be the most famous telefilm of all time. Brian Piccolo, played by a young James Caan, is a pro football player who’s just beginning his career when he is diagnosed with cancer. Billy Dee Williams portrays Piccolo’s roommate, the NFL star Gale Sayers. Sayers ultimately becomes Piccolo’s close friend, blood donor, and confidante throughout a wrenching, tragic ordeal. Before “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease,” John Travolta played a teenager cut off from society by layers of plastic. In “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” Travolta ‘s Tod Lubich was born with an immune deficiency so severe that all the air he breathes must be sanitized. As such, he can only venture from his home inside a thick, transparent bubble. In the end, however, Lubich must decide if he’s willing to abandon his protective shell for the arms of the girl next door, with whom he’s madly in love. Lubich, by the way, was a fictional character based on two real-life boys.