5.9/10
11,197
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

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
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 6.7/10 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
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
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
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
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A woman is released from prison, an expert bank robber who wants to settle down and go straight, but her parole officer and her former employer try to get her to pull one more heist.

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer, Terence Stamp
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
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
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
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 6.6/10 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
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

Val Kilmer prepared for his role by studying with a sculptor friend of his in New Mexico who had lost his sight in Vietnam. 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

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

Features Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Mack The Knife
from "The Threepenny Opera"
Music by Kurt Weill
German Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Produced by Joel Moss
Performed by Diana Krall
Diana Krall appears courtesy of Impulse/GRP Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


35 of 36 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