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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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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:

£55,402 (UK) (30 April 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

While walking downtown, Virgil is holding Amy's arm, and when the camera switches angles, she is holding his arm. A second later, he is holding her arm again. See more »

Quotes

Virgil: I saw the horizon. It's out there. And though I may not ever be able to touch it, it's worth reaching for.
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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 Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Y.M.C.A.
Written by Henri Belolo, Jacques Morali and Victor Willis
Performed by The Village People (as Village People)
Courtesy of Scorpio Music and Mercury Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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A nice movie.
19 July 1999 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The only way I can really describe At First Sight is that it is a nice film. A feel good movie, something like that, and a very beauifully shot feel good movie. The cinematography is excellent, the story on the other hand could have used some tightening. Kilmer and Sorvino kind of walk through this film on cruise control, I really enjoyed Nathan Lane's small role as a vision therapist. This is a nice movie to watch on a rainy day or with someone you love.


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