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At First Sight

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1998
  • Irwin Winkler
  • 123 mins
  • 12

Summary

Drama starring Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino. When architect Amy Benic falls in love with blind masseur Virgil Adamson, she encourages him to have a radical operation to restore his sight. But Virgil does not adjust well to seeing the world for the first time and their relationship begins to suffer.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Virgil AdamsonVal Kilmer
Amy BenicMira Sorvino
Jennie AdamsonKelly McGillis
Duncan AllanbrookSteven Weber
Dr Charles AaronBruce Davison
Phil WebsterNathan Lane
Virgil's fatherKen Howard
Betsy ErnstLaura Kirk
Nancy BenderMargo Winkler
SingerDiana Krall
EthanBrett Robbins
Jack FalkWillie Carpenter

Crew

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DirectorIrwin Winkler

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
1999-04-30
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing, sex scenes and brief nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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