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At First Sight (1999)

 -  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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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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Only Love Can Bring You To Your Senses. See more »

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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  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£55,402 (UK) (30 April 1999)

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

There have been several references to Val Kilmer in the hit sitcom Friends (1994) with the most notable being when Ross rented Val Kilmer's jacket that he wore to the 'At First Sight' premiere. See more »

Goofs

When the doctors were operating on Virgil's eyes, you see his right eye closed as if he were sleeping normally. If they hadn't already operated on it, it would have been taped shut. If they had operated on it, it would have been covered with gauze which would be taped on his face. See more »

Quotes

Virgil: Who are we kidding? I'm blind. I can't see see. I don't belong here. I'm not meant to see.
Amy Benic: You're darn right you're blind. I'm standing right here for you and you don't even look.
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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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Referenced in Friends: The One with Rachel's Big Kiss (2001) See more »

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Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)
Written by Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor (as Rudolph Taylor) and Charlie Wilson (as Charles K. Wilson)
Performed by The Gap Band
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Amazing movie
9 January 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I went into the theater expecting the normal amount of mushiness one can assume will be present in a love story. However, I was pleasantly surprised. At First Sight contains little sappiness, or other such material that only takes up time. Instead, the film was an honest look at one man's attempt to adjust to the "sight" world. At First Sight offered a look into the struggles Virgil Adamson faced after having sight for the first since he was 1. The film also outlined the pain of his loved ones, as they tried to help him adjust to a new environment, while facing pain and confusion themselves.

At First Sight is an emotional roller coaster. The film jumps around from rejoicing, sadness, frustration, confusion, and happiness. Yet because these are very real emotions for the characters, the audience sympathizes. The film uses these emotions artfully, without appearing to jam them down the audience's throat.

As any good movie will, At First Sight opens the audience's eyes to the people who live through these experiences. Everyday things, like what a bird is, and what an expression means at a given moment, must be explained Virgil. The lessons Virgil must learn and the way he deals with them are both amusing and sad.

This movie challenges traditional beliefs by stating that a "handicap" is a barrier. Often the real problem is trying to fix it.

If you're in the market for an excellent movie, with a solid cast, and good effects, see At First Sight.


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