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At First Sight -- A story of a young woman architect who falls in love with a blind man. She encourages him to undergo a radical operation to restore his sight, but ultimately his truest vision comes from the love he finds in his heart.


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Writers (WGA):
Oliver Sacks (story)
Steve Levitt (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 January 1999 (USA) See more »
Only Love Can Bring You To Your Senses. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Only works because of the performances. *** out of **** See more (106 total) »


  (in credits order)

Val Kilmer ... Virgil Adamson

Mira Sorvino ... Amy Benic

Kelly McGillis ... Jennie Adamson

Steven Weber ... Duncan Allanbrook

Bruce Davison ... Dr. Charles Aaron

Nathan Lane ... Phil Webster

Ken Howard ... Virgil's Father

Laura Kirk ... Betsy Ernst
Margo Winkler ... Nancy Bender

Diana Krall ... Singer
Brett Robbins ... Ethan

Willie C. Carpenter ... Jack Falk (as Willie Carpenter)
Charles Winkler ... Health Instructor

Drena De Niro ... Caroline
Kelly Chapman ... Susan (as Kelly Chapman Meyer)
Jack Dodick ... Dr. Goldman

Nina Griscom ... Christie Evans

Mort Zuckerman ... Homeless Man (as Mortimer B. Zuckerman)
Gene Kirkwood ... Marshall
Richard Euell ... Carl Kipling
Carl J. Matusovich ... Tommy (as Carl Matusovich)
John Guidera ... Virgil's Co-Worker (as John W. Guidera)
Jack Cooper ... Overweight Man
Jennifer Wachtell ... Eva
Marty Davey ... School Mother
Ben Wolfe ... Bass Player
Casey W. Harris ... Casey
Ricky Trammell ... Loft D.J.
J.P. Patterson ... Waiter
Bonnie Deutsch ... Worker
Sheryl Allington Carter ... Reporter

Oliver Sacks ... Reporter
Angela Wang ... Reporter
Claude Ravier ... Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Philip Marcus ... Carpenter

Dar Billingham ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Daryl Burton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Elena Christiana ... Hockey Fan (uncredited)

Natalie Diorio ... Aerobics Instructor (uncredited)

Daniel Franco ... Running Man (uncredited)

Wayne Gretzky ... Himself (uncredited)
Linda Harmon ... Singer (uncredited)

Rob Harris ... Casey's Dad (uncredited)
Elizabeth Hipwell ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Raisa Ivanic ... Raisa (uncredited)
Marshall Dancing Elk Lucas ... Passerby (uncredited)
Crystal Rose ... Ice Skater (uncredited)

Nick Stellate ... Businessman (uncredited)

Directed by
Irwin Winkler 
Writing credits
Oliver Sacks (story "To See and Not See") (as Oliver Sacks M.D.)

Steve Levitt (screenplay)

Produced by
Rob Cowan .... producer
Roger Paradiso .... line producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
John Seale 
Film Editing by
Julie Monroe 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
Art Direction by
Robert Guerra 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode 
Costume Design by
John Dunn 
Makeup Department
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Val Kilmer (as Leonard Engleman)
Selena Evans-Miller .... personal makeup artist for Mira Sorvino: NY segment
Romaine Greene .... key hair stylist
Kathy Jeung .... makeup artist: Ms. Sorvino
Vera Mitchell .... hair stylist: Mr. Kilmer
Rosemary Zurlo .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Roger Paradiso .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shawn Griffith .... second second assistant director
Eric Henriquez .... second second assistant director (as Eric W. Henriquez)
Anura Idupuganti .... dga trainee
Patrick Mangan .... second assistant director (as Patrick J. Mangan)
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Tom Reilly)
Art Department
Wayne Brackett .... set dresser (as Wayne T. Brackett)
Damian J. Costa .... set dresser (as Damian Costa)
Joseph Deluca .... stand-by set dresser
Warren Drummond .... storyboard artist
Dennis Freeborn .... set dresser
Scott Gertsen .... key carpenter
Teddy Janicki .... scenic industrial
Eric Lewin .... set dresser
John Peter Melendez .... constructor: ice rink (as John P. Melendez)
Octavio Molina .... property master
Richard Nelson .... set dresser (as Rick Nelson)
Lynn Tonnessen .... assistant set decorator (as Lynne Tonnessen)
Chris Vogt .... set dresser
Robert Vogt .... set dresser
Dave Weinman .... leadman
Jay Durrwachter .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Rosalie Russino .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound effects editor
Bill Burns .... sound
Susan Dawes .... dialogue editor (as Susan Shackelford)
Michael Haight .... adr supervisor
Scott A. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Willard Overstreet .... foley editor
Greg P. Russell .... re-recording mixer
James J. Sabat Jr. .... sound recordist
James Sabat .... sound
Visual Effects by
Patrice Dinhut .... visual effects supervisor
Rachel Kelley .... matte painter
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Olivier Sarda .... digital compositor
Jeff Wells .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer (as Phil Caruso)
Tom Cioccio .... loader
Andy Day .... rigging gaffer
Stanley Fernandez Jr. .... second assistant camera
James J. Ferris .... electrician
Morris Flam .... chief lighting technician (as Mo Flam)
Frank Graziadei .... video assist operator
Dan Hersey .... loader
Chaim Kantor .... first assistant camera
Gary Lamantia .... technician: Wescam camera
Bruce MacCallum .... "a" camera operator
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
George Patsos .... key grip
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Velez .... assistant lighting technician (as John G. Velez)
Casting Department
Kristine Bulakowski .... extras casting: in-house
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy Alberts .... wardrobe supervisor (as Tim Alberts)
Susan Carrano .... assistant costume designer
Brenda Donoho .... costumer: Mr Kilmer
Hartsell Taylor .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Jennifer Hatton .... assistant editor
Marvin Hayes .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Nathaniel Bonini .... assistant location manager
Isabelle Kostic Crosley .... location scout
Hilary Walker .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Vicki Arkoff .... music coordinator
Joan Beal .... choral contractor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Stephan R. Goldman .... music supervisor
Stephen Krause .... scoring mixer
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Nick Lane .... additional orchestrator
Frank Macchia .... additional orchestrator
Denise Okimoto .... music editor
Sid Page .... musician: violin solos
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Peter Erskine .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ronald Baum .... driver
Other crew
Bohnie Avanzino .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Suzo Barzman .... assistant: Ms. Sorvino
John Ian Briody .... production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Louis Ferrara .... production intern
Rob Harris .... publicist
Jodi Kelly .... stand in: Ms. Sorvino
Timothy Klein .... stand in: Val Kilmer (as Timothy D. Klein)
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator
Neil Lewis .... set production assistant
Michelle Lugones .... production assistant
Gavin Duffy Morris .... production assistant
Andrea O'Connor .... production assistant
Christopher Pensiero .... production assistant
Nina Saxon .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Deidre Schrowang .... payroll accountant
Mark Christian Subias .... production secretary
William Thompson .... personal fitness trainer
Katherine Torres .... production assistant
Reid Warman .... assistant to director
Brett Weiner .... production assistant
Giovanni Sanseviero .... Nathan Lane stand-in (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for scenes involving sexuality and nudity, and for brief strong language
128 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 (w) | Iceland:L | New Zealand:M | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #35785)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Phil Webster:Limbo is like New Jersey. You can see all the good stuff, you just have to get there.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Mary Poppins (1964)See more »
Purpose to BeSee more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Only works because of the performances. *** out of ****, 24 August 1999
Author: Blake French ( from Michigan, USA

AT FIRST SIGHT (1999) ***

Starring: Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis, Steven Weber, Bruce Davison, Nathan Lane Director: Irwin Winkler 124 minutes PG-13 (for sexuality and nudity, and some language) ***

By Blake French, based on comment by Lynda French and Faye Blink:

In many ways "At First Sight," is not a good movie. For instance: It does not do a good job of explaining the inspiration for the plot, the blind man's optical surgery. That is unfortunate, because I really was interested in that concept.

The film, based on a novel called "To See and Not See," is centered on a man who has gotten used to being blind. He knows his entire way around New York. He then falls in love with an architect. Her name is Amy. Virgil, the blind man, is hired by complete coincidence to be her massager. The minutes he touches her, she knows that this man is different for other men she has formed relationships with in the past.

The plot is strong, but thin at the same time. For instance, the film takes heed in developing the characters, but never the conflict, or villain, or sub-plots. If the director would have decided to focus on those things a bit more, or a lot more in that matter, the film would have been wonderful. After all, it is well written and performed.

There is a sup-plot, however, that is detailed. The filmmakers throw in a false break up between two characters, and how Vigirl deals with the misguided presence of his distant father. This incidence is only in existence to create sappy melodrama to further the movie's running time.

My main recommendation comes only from the first rate performances from Kilmer and Sorvino. Val Kilmer ("The Saint" 1997, "Heat" 1994) delivers is outstanding as the blind man. He brings to life the confusion of lack of sight. Mira Sorvino ("Mimic," 1997, "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," 1997) plays Amy with boldness and verve. She also captures the wonder and creativity of the audience's imagination. The sub-characters including Steven Weber ("Sour Grapes" 1998, "The Shinning," 1997) Bruce Davidson and Nathan Lane ("Mousehunt" 1997) are also very suburb in their roles.

That said, this film is not all that original. Think about it for a minute: two people fall in love, who have many differences and problems. Does this sound familiar? The truth: this is just another romance story with a gimmick. The film works, but only by the skin of its performances.

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