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Shining Through (1992)

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

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

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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

In Ed Leland's office Linda explains how she comes to know something about spying and refers to a film in which a character's tongue is cut out and says, "Have you seen 'The Fighting 69th'." The "Fighting 69th" was O.S.S. Bill Donovan's regiment in World War One. See more »

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During the dance, Leland wears the Army Blue Uniform, which was adopted July 1, 1957, with a Sam Browne belt, which was adopted after 1942. See more »

Quotes

Ed Leland: [she lights a cigarette] When did start smoking?
Linda Voss: I don't know.
Ed Leland: That was a silly thing to do, don't you think?
Linda Voss: I'm a silly girl. Ed. I think you're living proof of that.
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Romance worth a second look!
21 April 2004 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

I love this film! I know it is widely panned by critics and movie-goers alike, but I love it. Sure, it has implausible elements in the story, but the relationship between Ed Leland (played stoically by Michael Douglas) and his lady love, Linda Voss (played seductively by Melanie Griffith) is thrilling. Joely Richardson plays a complicated character who provides some interesting plot points. Melanie, who isn't known for subtlety, gives a rich and layered performance, especially in the development of the romantic storyline. Michael Douglas is a bit over the top, playing the stolid soldier and unlikely spy to the hilt. Liam Neeson is amazingly handsome and charismatic -- despite playing for the other side as a top Nazi officer. It's a fun recreation of the 1940s romance-war-spy dramas -- exciting and definitely romantic. Romance is the focus of this drama, not the spy plot. Watch the relationships unfold and it won't disappoint. It's worth a second look by many. Give it another try!


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