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At First Sight (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  15 January 1999 (USA)
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A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.

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Virgil's Father
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Ethan
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Health Instructor
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Susan (as Kelly Chapman Meyer)
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Storyline

A driven Manhattan architect, Amy, relaxes at a resort and falls for the masseur, Virgil, blind since age 3 and assisted by his spinster sister. He helps Amy hear and sense the world, giving her new spirit and a burst of creativity. Over the sister's objections, Amy takes Virgil to New York for new, radical surgery. He regains his sight. He's disoriented and must learn to process these new images. Finding his place in a seeing world strains his relation with Amy; his absent father wants to connect with him now that he can see; then, retinal disease threatens to undo the surgery. Can love survive, will he find his new place and his old tranquillity, can Amy accommodate limits? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Science gave him sight. She gave him vision. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for scenes involving sexuality and nudity, and for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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15 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Sight Unseen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,444,321 (USA) (15 January 1999)

Gross:

ESP 109,523,700 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

Cast member Drena De Niro is the daughter of Robert De Niro, who also played a fictionalized patient of Oliver Sachs in Awakenings (1990). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Virgil and Amy walk away and Virgil is letting his new guide dog lead him. The guide dog walks straight past the curbside obstacle without hesitation. No working guide dog would have missed this obstacle, it is too inbred during their training. Missing an obstacle of this magnitude would have called for, at the very least, a firm word of caution if not a subtle leash correction. The guide dog would have also stopped to check for traffic as Virgil did not seem to be paying attention. See more »

Quotes

Virgil: Maybe I'm not meant to see.
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the closing credits: Inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks' true account of the experiences of Shirl and Barbara Jennings They are now married and living in Atlanta, Georgia Barbara continues to sculpt and although Shirl never regained his vision, he now paints pictures of his brief adventure in sight See more »

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Let's Keep it Going On
Written by Jeff Coplan, Christian Beerman and Frank Beerman
Performed by She Moves
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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"Awakenings" Redux
27 November 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on AMC and part way through it, I felt as if I had seen it before. Then I realized I was thinking of the 1990 Penny Marshall film "Awakenings," starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

"At First Sight" is a true story about a blind man who temporarily regains his sight, then goes blind again. "Awakenings" was about a comatose man who woke up temporarily, then slid back into a comatose.

Oh, and by the way, they're both written by the same guy.

For what it's worth, "Love At First Sight" is actually a pretty likable and overall watchable film. It's not great or anything unpredictable (how convenient - the female love interest) but Kilmer gives a remarkable performance (all considered) and there are a few moments in hte film that are a BIT out of the ordinary.

Worth watching, but don't go out of your way or anything.


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