5.9/10
11,325
106 user 55 critic

At First Sight (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 15 January 1999 (USA)
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.

Director:

Writers:

(story "To See and Not See") (as Oliver Sacks M.D.), (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Saint (1997)
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Simon Templar has no real family, no real home and Simon Templar isn't even his real name. Yet Simon Templar, also known as the Saint for his use of creating false identities using the ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija
Joe the King (1999)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A disadvantaged, abused, neglected, exploited but basically decent kid slips into criminality while trying to cope with his harsh, inescapable reality.

Director: Frank Whaley
Stars: Noah Fleiss, Karen Young, Camryn Manheim
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Opera singer and professor Dr P is examined both in a clinic and in his home, as he suffers from a degeneration of the occipital lobe that allows him to see details, but not wholes.

Director: Christopher Rawlence
Stars: Oliver Sacks, John Tighe, Emile Belcourt
Dead Girl (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Adam Coleman Howard
Stars: Anne Parillaud, Adam Coleman Howard, Amanda Plummer
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While flying mail across the Andean mountains, Henri Guillaumet's plane has to crash-land, he must trek back to civilizatin on foot.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Craig Sheffer, Elizabeth McGovern, Tom Hulce
Blind Horizon (2003)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Frank loses his memory after being shot in small desert town in Texas. As he tries to retrace his steps and figure out his true identity, Frank believes he may be part of a plot to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Haussman
Stars: Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Sam Shepard
Thunderheart (1992)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene
Kill Me Again (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend.

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Pat Mulligan
Spartan (2004)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

Director: David Mamet
Stars: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy
Wonderland (2003)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.

Director: James Cox
Stars: Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley
Stars: David Thewlis, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer
Sweet Nothing (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--... See full summary »

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Michael Imperioli, Mira Sorvino, Joyce Phillips
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Margo Winkler ...
...
Brett Robbins ...
...
Jack Falk (as Willie Carpenter)
Charles Winkler ...
...
Kelly Chapman ...
Susan (as Kelly Chapman Meyer)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sight Unseen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$22,326,247 (USA) (26 March 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

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

Ethan: Are you blind?
Virgil: Yeah.
Ethan: Cool, see ya.
See more »

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 »

Connections

References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Keep it Going On
Written by Jeff Coplan, Christian Beerman and Frank Beerman
Performed by She Moves
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a good movie with revealing insights
18 January 1999 | by (Boardman, Ohio) – See all my reviews

At First Sight was a film with two stories to tell. The first was a love story and the second about a blind young man who has a chance to regain his sight. For some reason the two stories both separately compelling did not seem to mesh well--or as well as I expected. I'm not sure whether it was the writing or the directing or just me. With that said I thought the per- formances were outstanding. Ms. Sorvino, as the love interest, and Ms. McGillis, as the older sister who helped and cared for him were both good, but this was Mr. Kilmer's movie. He was EXCELLENT. He made me realize that a handicap is often more that of others than the supposedly handicapped. I suppose I knew this but Mr. Kilmer's performance brought it to conscio usness. He also portrayed well the confusion and bewilderment of entering what most people would consider the "normal" easy world of sightedness. I truly enjoyed the scenes where he displayed genuine innocence of adjusting to his new world. I don't want to be specific here. He showed great dimension to make me realize that sighted or not he was a complete person. There is much to be appreciated about this movie and everyone can learn from it. On the basis that this is a true and important story and Mr. Kilmer's performance---three plus stars.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Amy, am i the only one that found her so unlikeable? MyNameIswha
val kilmer... MDSR
Val seemed to dumb down the character, you think? Abe_Phroman
The End nicktji
similar movies wherelovegoes
Does Anyone One Else Just Watch... katyzone
Discuss At First Sight (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page