At First Sight

At First Sight

Irwin Winkler (1998)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Like Awakenings, this medical melodrama is also drawn from the casebook of Dr Oliver Sacks, but it's not so dramatically satisfying and markedly less well acted. However, the tale of courage originally told in Sacks's essay To See or Not to See is so remarkable that any filming of it would seem trite and sentimental. Certainly, Val Kilmer's infuriatingly mannered performance as the blind small-town masseur who briefly has his sight restored doesn't help matters, but Kelly McGillis as his sister and Mira Sorvino as his lover give accomplished performances that prevent the material from entering disease-of-the-week TV-movie territory. It's no classic, but it is thoughtful and solidly crafted.


An architect embarks on a whirlwind romance with a blind masseur, and persuades him to undergo an operation to regain his sight. However, her kind intentions backfire as the pressures of coping with his new world threaten to tear apart their fledgling relationship. Romantic drama, starring Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis and Nathan Lane.

Cast & Crew

Virgil Adamson Val Kilmer
Amy Benic Mira Sorvino
Jennie Adamson Kelly McGillis
Duncan Allanbrook Steven Weber
Dr Charles Aaron Bruce Davison
Phil Webster Nathan Lane
Virgil's father Ken Howard
Betsy Ernst Laura Kirk
Nancy Bender Margo Winkler
Singer Diana Krall
Ethan Brett Robbins
Jack Falk Willie Carpenter
Director Irwin Winkler
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Contains swearing, sex scenes and brief nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 30 Apr 1999