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At First Sight (1999)

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:

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:

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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

Val Kilmer prepared for his role by studying with a sculptor friend of his in New Mexico who had lost his sight in Vietnam. At 49:30 (NTSC) he is admiring a sculpture when he first visit's Amy's flat. 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

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

Features Pictionary (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

It Never Entered My Mind
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by George Shearing
Courtesy of Concord Jazz, Inc.
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"Awakenings" Redux
27 November 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I saw this film on AMC and part way through it, I felt as if I had seen it before. Then I realized I was thinking of the 1990 Penny Marshall film "Awakenings," starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

"At First Sight" is a true story about a blind man who temporarily regains his sight, then goes blind again. "Awakenings" was about a comatose man who woke up temporarily, then slid back into a comatose.

Oh, and by the way, they're both written by the same guy.

For what it's worth, "Love At First Sight" is actually a pretty likable and overall watchable film. It's not great or anything unpredictable (how convenient - the female love interest) but Kilmer gives a remarkable performance (all considered) and there are a few moments in hte film that are a BIT out of the ordinary.

Worth watching, but don't go out of your way or anything.


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