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An American woman of Irish, Jewish-German parentage goes undercover in Nazi Germany.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ed Leland
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Linda Voss
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Franze-Otto Dietrich
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Margrete Von Eberstein
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Sunflower
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Andrew Berringer
Patrick Winczewski ...
Fishmonger
Anthony Walters ...
Dietrich's Son
Victoria Shalet ...
Dietrich's Daughter
Sheila Allen ...
Olga Leiner, Margrete's Mother
Stanley Beard ...
Linda's Father
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Linda's Mother
Ronald Nitschke ...
Horst Drescher
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Hedda Drescher
Peter Flechtner ...
S.S. Officer at Fish Market
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Storyline

1940, Linda Voss is a woman of Irish, Jewish-German parentage who loves the movies, especially films about war and spies. She gets a job at a New York law firm, after it's revealed she can speak German, fluently. As secretary and translator to Ed Leland, she begins to suspect that her boss is involved in espionage work. The two become lovers, and when America officially joins the Allies in fighting Hitler, Linda volunteers to go undercover behind enemy lines. Written by L. Hamre

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spy | secretary | new york | translator | 1940s | See more »

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He needed to trust her with his secret. She had to trust him with her life.

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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Rated R for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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31 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Luz na Escuridão  »

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$21,733,781 (USA)
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Trivia

After Dietrich "hires" Linda to be his nanny, Linda delivers a voice-over explaining the fortunate circumstances she had stumbled in to - including mentioning that Dietrich frequently entertained guests including Himmler and von Stauffenberg. von Stauffenberg is the officer played by Tom Cruise in Valkyrie (2008). See more »

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In scene 5 on the DVD (USO dance), Linda's voice-over from the BBC broadcast refers to news of "American boys were being lost by the thousands on Pacific islands with names like Corregidor and Bataan". Bataan is a peninsula, and even if Linda hadn't known it at the time of the "death march", she surely would have known it by the time of the narration decades later. See more »

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Linda Voss: [reciting what she has noticed in the room] Pictures of sailing boats and polo ponies, fancy books and diplomas, stuffed fish on the wall, calendar set to the wrong date, bookcases that are dusty, carpets that need cleaning, and a couple of guys from Harvard who are surprised that a girl who needs a job won't be treated like a slave.
Ed Leland: Are always like this?
Linda Voss: I forgot to tell you, my other half's Irish.
Ed Leland: Lethal combination.
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nothing but praise...
9 April 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on BRAVO and absolutely loved it. So what if it is unrealistic? It is a movie, after all. If you want reality, rent a documentary or watch the History Channel. It reminds me of an old black and white film from the 40's like "Notorious", "Saboteur", or something of that nature.(Probably one of the reasons I liked it so much.)The suspense was wonderful, as was the romance between Linda and Ed. My eyes were glued to the television from beginning to end, and it left me in a happy state of shock. Even reading the book--which was quite different--didn't change my mind about loving the movie. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a two hour escape from the real world... especially someone looking for a good romance. I still get palpitations thinking about the closing scene. Sigh.


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