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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:

Irwin Winkler

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Margo Winkler ... Nancy Bender
Diana Krall ... Singer
Brett Robbins Brett Robbins ... Ethan
Willie C. Carpenter Willie C. Carpenter ... Jack Falk (as Willie Carpenter)
Charles Winkler Charles Winkler ... Health Instructor
Drena De Niro ... Caroline
Kelly Chapman Kelly Chapman ... Susan (as Kelly Chapman Meyer)
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Storyline

First Sight is true to the title from start to finish. Val Kilmer skates in the dark appears FIRST to Mira Sorvino car headlights driving lost searching for her retreat spa motel. Kilmers FIRST visual memory links him coincidently to his last. This is a true love drama with Nathan Lane providing laughs counseling visual therapy. All stars emotional vulnerability teach the audience learning love matters in art, architecture, education, parenting, massage and trees. Written by Larry Auburn

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Taglines:

Science gave him sight. She gave him vision. 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:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sight Unseen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,444,321, 17 January 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,365,133
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Just before Virgil leaves, he puts Amy's arm behind her back, but in the shot of him going out, it is at her side. See more »

Quotes

Phil Webster: Limbo is like New Jersey. You can see all the good stuff, you just have to get there.
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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 »

Connections

References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Easy Come Easy Go
Written by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman
Produced by Joel Moss
Performed by Diana Krall
Diana Krall appears courtesy of Impulse/GRP Records
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Amazing movie
9 January 1999 | by Lauren-19See 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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