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At First Sight ()


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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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Cast

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Virgil Adamson
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Amy Benic
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Jennie Adamson
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Duncan Allanbrook
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Dr. Charles Aaron
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Phil Webster
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Virgil's Father
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Betsy Ernst
Margo Winkler ...
Nancy Bender
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Singer
Brett Robbins ...
Ethan
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Jack Falk (as Willie Carpenter)
Charles Winkler ...
Health Instructor
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Caroline
Kelly Chapman ...
Susan (as Kelly Chapman Meyer)
Jack Dodick ...
Dr. Goldman
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Christie Evans
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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
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Reporter
Angela Wang ...
Reporter
Claude Ravier ...
Reporter
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Robert Philip Marcus ...
Carpenter
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Daryl Burton ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Elena Christiana ...
Hockey Fan (uncredited)
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Aerobics Instructor (uncredited)
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Running Man (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited)
Linda Harmon ...
Singer (uncredited)
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Casey's Dad (uncredited)
Elizabeth Hipwell ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Raisa Ivanic ...
Raisa (uncredited)
Marshall Dancing Elk Lucas ...
Passerby (uncredited)
Crystal Rose ...
Ice Skater (uncredited)
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Businessman (uncredited)
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The bully guy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Irwin Winkler

Written by

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

Produced by

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Rob Cowan ... producer
Roger Paradiso ... line producer
Irwin Winkler ... producer

Music by

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Mark Isham

Cinematography by

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John Seale

Film Editing by

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Julie Monroe

Editorial Department

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Kenny Becker ... color timer
Jennifer Hatton ... assistant editor
Marvin Hayes ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Kerry Barden
Billy Hopkins
Suzanne Smith

Production Design by

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Jane Musky

Art Direction by

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Robert Guerra

Set Decoration by

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Susan Bode

Costume Design by

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John Dunn

Makeup Department

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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

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Roger Paradiso ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Kristine Bulakowski ... extras casting: in-house
Meredith Jacobson Marciano ... extras casting: New York (as Meredith Jacobson)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Timothy Alberts ... wardrobe supervisor (as Tim Alberts)
Susan Carrano ... assistant costume designer
Brenda Donoho ... costumer: Mr Kilmer
Hartsell Taylor ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Nathaniel Bonini ... assistant location manager
Isabelle Kostic Crosley ... location scout
Hilary Walker ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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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 / 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

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Ronald Baum ... driver

Other crew

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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
Jesse Nye ... 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
Jennifer Wachtell ... assistant to Irwin Winkler
Reid Warman ... assistant to director
Brett Weiner ... production assistant
Giovanni Sanseviero ... Nathan Lane stand-in (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Sight Unseen (United States)
  • Premier regard (France)
  • Auf den ersten Blick (Germany)
  • A primera vista (Spain)
  • A primera vista (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 128 min
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Box Office

Budget $60,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $8,444,321, 17 Jan 1999

Did You Know?

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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 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in At First Sight/Another Day in Paradise/Hi-Lo Country/Playing by Heart/The Theory of Flight (1999). See more »
Soundtracks It Never Entered My Mind 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 »
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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