Shining Through (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  31 January 1992 (USA)
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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:
Ed Leland
Linda Voss
Franze-Otto Dietrich
Margrete Von Eberstein
Andrew Berringer
Patrick Winczewski ...
Anthony Walters ...
Dietrich's Son
Victoria Shalet ...
Dietrich's Daughter
Sheila Allen ...
Olga Leiner, Margrete's Mother
Stanley Beard ...
Linda's Father
Linda's Mother
Ronald Nitschke ...
Horst Drescher
Hedda Drescher
Peter Flechtner ...
S.S. Officer at Fish Market


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.


Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$21,733,781 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debra Winger screen-tested for the role of Linda Voss, but lost to Melanie Griffith. See more »


From the very beginning of the war, Leland wears a Combat Infantryman Badge. It was created by the War Department on October 27, 1943. See more »


Linda Voss: What's a war for, if not to hold on to what we love?
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References Espionage Agent (1939) See more »


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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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