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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis, Steven Weber, Bruce Davison
  • Directors: Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Oliver Sacks, Steve Levitt
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan, Roger Paradiso
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IBL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "At First Sight" on IMDb

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  • 4-Page booklet featuring trivia and production notes

Editorial Reviews

Witness the extraordinary transformation of seeing the world for the first time and fall in love with life all over again. Directed by OscarÂ(r) winner* Irwin Winkler (GoodFellas) and based on a true story by Dr. Oliver Sacks (Awakenings), At First Sight is an exhilarating adventure and the visual experience of a lifetime! Starring Val Kilmer (The Doors, Batman Forever) and Academy AwardÂ(r)-winner** Mira Sorvino (Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion), this "poignant, uplifting drama" (New York Daily News) explores the remarkable journey of a man whose world was darkened by blindness but enlightened by the miracle of science and the wonder of love. Blind since childhood, Virgil Adamson (Kilmer) is working as a masseur in an upstate New York spa when he meets and falls in love with Amy Benic (Sorvino), a stressed-out, career-driven architect. Certain that Virgil's simple world will be greatly enhanced by an operation to restore his sight, Amy ultimately realizes that Virgil's new vision puts a fresh focus onboth their lives.

Customer Reviews

It's a feel-good movie & a good addition to our collection.
JoAnn Vierra
There is no genuine care displayed between the characters, it's a movie that comes off way too much as only that, just a movie, and a sappy one at that!
Alexis J Erke
The basis for this story is truly moving, and it makes for a very emotional experience that packs pure satisfaction in matters of the heart.
D. Litton

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Litton on February 13, 2001
Format: DVD
In watching "At First Sight," I found myself somewhat put off by the length that the movie takes in delivering its story. I was also vastly moved by the emotion and exceptional talent that the story and the actors have in creating it to life. In reaching the end of the movie, I found that even though it did seem lengthy in certain places, I was more than willing to watch the two incredible leads take us through an emotionally empowering experience that will have you seeing things in new lights.
Based on a story by Oliver Sacks about a real-life couple, the story begins when construction designer Amy decides to take a vacation from work and go to a health and beauty spa for the weekend. Driving along snowy roads, she arrives that same night, and the next morning, she goes in for a therapeutical massage. Not only is the massage therapist a blind man named Virgil, but he is also able to make her cry not five minutes into the session, and from this moment on, the two become inseparable. Upon returning to the city, Amy comes across the name of a doctor who wishes to restore site to someone willing to be the first for the surgery.
Up until this point, the story has already built up a momentus amount of emotions, most of them happy in relation to the budding relationship between Amy and Virgil, and a small amount of grief when we realize the pain the Virgil went through in the early years of his life as his father tried everything to get his son to see. Virgil's simple yet complex view upon the world is, at times, tear-jerking, especially in the abandoned building of his town where he and Amy escape to listen to the rain.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Fran on February 28, 2000
Format: DVD
My husband of 12 years is blind from diabete's and dwindling health. We watched a movie about a blind man on our first date. So when this one came out we watched (actually I watched he listened and I explain any parts that needed explaining) it together. Unlike my husband, Virgil (Val Kilmer) has been blind since he was a very young toddler. Whose only memory of sight is a fluffy pink cloud. I have always wondered what it would be like for someone with no memories of sight to have their sight fully restored. When Virgil meets Amy (Mira Sorvino) they fall in love. He shows her his world and teaches her to ice skate on a frozen pond. She meets his family and guide dog. Then she, wanting to help him get more out of life tells him of a doctor (Bruce Davison)who can hopefully restore his sight. So after much encouragement he goes to her world in the city and agrees to see this doctor. But to Amy's shock, when his sight is restored he is not happy with his new world and sight is not what he had imagined it would be. It was very interesting that he could not identify an object as simple as a can of coke until he felt it with his hands, then understood the connection between the two. Living with a blind man for 12 years, that made perfect sense. After adjusting somewhat to this he comes to enjoy his newly found sight, and takes in all that he can. But has trouble coping with the new trials it brings. Though very educated, he can not read and doesn't have his blindness to explain why. I found it to be a very accurate movie dealing with blindness and sight restored. It ends well. And Val Kilmer did well portraying a blind man in this movie. I enjoyed this movie and learned a little more about what different blind people go through.Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "bonatoy" on November 29, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Walking into the filming while on vacations in NYC, I decided to get that movie in english. Just to have a souvenir. what an awesome surprise to watch such a movie! It was not only watching, it was... feeling the play of Mira Sorvino and Val Kilmer. Were they the only ones to be able to play the story in the whole world? It seems to, as they are just perfect and I believe Winkler did a great job directing them. Actors goes through so many emotions in a wonderful way. Comes from the heart and sure goes right to the heart.Make sure you don't miss it. WAOW!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2002
Format: DVD
Charming little movie about an architect (Mira Sorvino) whom falls in love with a blind Massage therapist (Val Kilmer) whilst on holliday at a weekend retreat. This is a good movie to watch if you are in a "Sleepless in Seattle" mood or a "When Harry meet Sally" frame of mind.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I rented the video over Christmas and I must admit that, initially, I was quite reluctant to watch it, since I expected it to be just another of those disappointing pictures which usually depict a rather unrealistic stereotype of blindness. However, holding a degree in special education of the visually impaired and having worked with blind and partially sighted people for years, I decided to give it a chance, and I'm so glad I did! I was swept away by Kilmer's outstanding performance - I've never seen a sighted actor portray a blind person so convincingly. He seems to have spent a considerable amount of time researching his role very carefully and succeeds in imitating "typical" mannerisms a visually impaired person may develop very accurately. Thank you, Val Kilmer, for putting so much effort into this role. Excellent work!
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