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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, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00000IBL0
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Amy's blind masseur Virgil becomes her new boyfriend. When a miraculous operation retores Virgil's sight, the two discover that even the most wonderful of life's gifts can come with a price and that both of them must now look at the world in a whole new l
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 19-DEC-2000
Media Type: DVD

The tagline states, "Only love can bring you to your senses." Well, your senses have to be pretty dulled to love At First Sight. On paper the story--based on the writings of medical writer extraordinaire Oliver Sacks (Awakenings)--is intriguing: a blind man regains sight after surgery yet can never connect with what he sees, including a lovely new girlfriend. Indeed, maybe blind was better. From such interesting stuff (and a talented cast) comes a tepid love story and an unconvincing drama.

Val Kilmer plays Virgil, a serene resort worker who plays hockey in the dark and is the best masseur this side of the Catskills. Onto his table comes Amy, a bone-weary NYC architect (Mira Sorvino) who cries the first time Virgil does his magic. Instead of a voyage into the world of blindness, Amy's first instinct is to take Virgil to an eye doctor who can restore sight (Bruce Davison). Virgil receives sight, crumbling the trust between him and Amy. The clichés start building up and by the time Amy is wooed by her ex-husband (Steven Weber), her boss no less, one's patience wears thin.

The medical curiosities of the story--Virgil can see an item but can't grasp what it is until he touches it--do not translate well on screen. The film's liveliest character is Nathan Lane as a teacher of the blind. A scene with Virgil that gets to the heart of his ailment is so filled with spontaneity, one wonders if it was scripted or simply Lane's own extemporaneous dialogue. After an admirable start as a director (Guilty by Suspicion), Oscar-winning producer Irwin Winkler has not been able to put cinematic highs or believable angst into his films (The Net, Night in the City). At First Sight may look good, but it is blind where it counts. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kilmer gives a caring and powerful performance as a masagge therapist whose blind and encounters the lovely Mira Sorvino and they fall romantically in love, its just great, then Kilmer goes and gets his blind eyes fixed and then he can see but hes not adapted to the world with its shapes and sizes and then he goes blind again at the end. you cant take your eyes of Kilmer, you really care for his character and what hes going threw and Nathan Lane is great as the blind school teacher.
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Based on a true story of a blind man who regains eyesight and is able to see. This movie is beautifully written. Although I have not read the book or original material related to the movie, I would definitely say that it is an enjoyable couple's movie, a movie about the bonds of love despite all the "handicap stigmas," and how a couple finds a deeper meaning to their lives.
Good movie, worth the viewing..........
Diego R. Rodriguez
Chicago, Illinois
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I live in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga. I work at this store in my town and the real Virgil and Amy Jennings come in there all the time. The wife (Mrs. Jennings) has a web site that she always mentions to all of us all the time that is She always talks about making her eggs and how she paints them and stuff like that. She always reminds us that one is in the White House and another is in the Smithsonian museum. She is nice and her husband Virgil (who is blind) is nice too, but what is so funny is how neither her nor her husband look like Val Kilmer or Mira Sorvino. They could have never looked or acted like either one of the Actors.
Mrs. Jennings is constantly making reprints of pictures of Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino's visit to there house a couple of years ago. Everyone I know who has worked at the store I work at has at one time been in possession of one of the pictures because Mrs. Jennings loves to make copies of them and pass them out. I guess it was her 15 minutes, and she's gonna spread it out into 1500 more. :). They are both good people I guess, but my main point here is how I experienced first hand how "hollywood" and most of the entertainment business can't stop ruining good stories. They refuse to belive that real life can be interesting. Instead they have to cast two well know actors to play two people who are nothing like them. They just want to sell sell sell. Which I guess isn't such a bad thing except there comes a point in time where everything becomes diluted and worn out and that is when people start looking for something real, and I hope it's soon because if I see another weird Tom Cruise movie or another remake of an old classic like the Spider Man or Scooby Doo movie that has just come out, I think I will just stop watching television and stop going to the movies all together.
Thats all.
D. J.
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"At First Sight" delivers the basics of romantic story, but takes too long time to tell its story, so you might want to cut the tape of your own copy to make its running time much shorter. Fortunately, the two leads are very likable characters (and the film credits tell us it is based on a true story), and the chances are you never feel wasted your time.
It's about blind Virgil (Val Kilmer), who loves hockey-playing, and New Yorker Amy (Mira Sorvino), who meets Vigil at a hotel, and falls in love with him. As she found an article on the possibility of restoring sight, she suggests he take the chance (actually, the film tells that very few people had ragained their sight after long time of blindness). The operation succeeds, but it turns out much harder than he expected for Virgil to handle the situation with the newly given power of sight. For example, he cannot tell an real apple from a picture of an apple; or he cannot feel the distance between him and what he sees, so things coming in his direction would inevitably hit him in the head. Now he had to learn "seeing." The story is very good.
However, the script is too uneven. We don't need any episodes about Amy's ex-husband; though as Virgil's sister Kelly McGillis shows good performance, she sometimes delays the speed of the film, and seems to tell us too obvious things about Virgil's life. And most of all, the film is making a potentially tragic nature of the original story too sentimental. But as I said before, Kilmer and Sorvino both make such an amiable couple that you may forgive these shortcomings as the film goes on. And wait for always reliable Nethan Lane as a slightly eccentric therapist. He never fails to deliver the good moment though this time a little short.
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By A Customer on April 12 2001
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Val Kilmer stars as Virgil Adamson, a blind man who is obviously willing to do anything for sex. So willing, that after being blind for more then twenty years, he agrees to an experimental surgery to restore his sight. The reason, Amy, a self-absorbed control freak, played with no visible emotion by Mira Sorvino. Note to Ms. Sorvino: If you can't find chemistry with Val Kilmer, you might want to check your pulse. You may have stopped breathing. That's not all, poor Virgil has a lifeless sister, Jen (Kelly McGillis), and a father, (Ken Howard) who makes you wish Val still had the guns he used in "Tombstone". Amy's ex, (Steven Webber) is annoying and classless. Virgil is a complex, intelligent, and witty character and Kilmer's portrayal is flawless. There is a charming performance by Nathan Lane as a sight therapist that leaves you wanting more. Aside from Lane, Val is shining alone in this film. Watch it all the way through once, and if you want to see it again, just fast forward through any scene Val isn't in, and you'll enjoy the film.
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