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Shining Through (1992)

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

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5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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 Eberstien
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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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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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

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Release Date:

31 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Luz na Escuridão  »

Box Office

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$21,733,781 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the lead actors are second-generation members of acting families. Joely Richardson is the daughter of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, to whom Liam Neeson was also related by marriage. Michael Douglas is the son of Kirk Douglas. Melanie Griffith is the daughter of Tippi Hedren. Sir John Gielgud is the nephew of theatrical actress Ellen Terry . See more »

Goofs

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: What I was going to ask you to do is stand up, turn around, and close your eyes and tell me everything you see in the room. It's an observation test. Do you really have a problem with that?
Linda Voss: Pictures of sailboats and polo ponies; fancy books and diplomas; stuffed fish on the wall; calendar set to the wrong date; bookcases that need dusting; 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.
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Connections

Features The Mortal Storm (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Mood
Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
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Needed an historical adviser
17 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was in many ways an enjoyable film, but the many historical inaccuracies and the lack of attention to details is inexcusable. I lived through WWII, but that experience was hardly needed in order to spot this script's many eminently avoidable historical flaws.

Writer/director David Seltzer must bear the blame here. This was not a low budget film, so hiring an historical adviser would surely have been a justifiable added cost. As it is, Shining Through comes close to being as implausible as any Star Trek film. That said, this movie had enough positive aspects to make it worthy of such criticism as I have leveled, but it could so easily have been a film to taken seriously.


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