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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

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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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  »

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$21,733,781 (USA)
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Trivia

In the living-room, when Linda and her father read a letter from her imperiled aunts and cousin in Berlin, the music on the phonograph is Robert Schumann's "Kinderszenen" (Scenes of Childhood), Opus 15. See more »

Goofs

When Leland finds Linda in the laundry basket, Ed and "Sunflower" clean her up, get her dressed, and give her a pill for the pain. Throughout this scene, she is fairly incoherent, and not wearing any gloves. In the train, Leland notices the bump in her glove and finds the microfilm hidden there. In the closing dialogue from the interview scene, Linda takes credit for hiding the microfilm in her glove based on another one of her pearls of wisdom from previous Hollywood war/espionage movies. That seems highly unlikely given her state in the earlier scene. See more »

Quotes

Franze-Otto Dietrich: [from car to Linda Voss who is walking alone and has just been fired by Horst Drescher] It's me, ze zoup.
[points to his chest where Linda Voss had spilled soup on him earlier during the dinner]
Franze-Otto Dietrich: He dismissed you?
Linda Voss: Yes
Franze-Otto Dietrich: Ze doves were raw.
Linda Voss: I had no time, I arrived at 6:00.
Franze-Otto Dietrich: [talking to Linda Voss about Horst Drescher and the dinner of raw dove] He ate ze whole thing to pwove it was edible.
[laughs]
Franze-Otto Dietrich: You should have seen him. Pompous little ass. Eating a raw bird.
[shakes his head]
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References The Mortal Storm (1940) See more »

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(I've Got A Gal in) Kalamazoo
Written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
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An overlooked classic!
16 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This will be a very short review. As i write this, "Shining Through" only has 5.8 stars, and I am just flabberghasted. This is a very sad statement on the typical movie-goer, I guess.

I just watched this movie for the third or fourth time. It's clearly Melanie Griffiths finest performance, and just a perfect movie overall. It delivers the goods on many levels, is never boring, and always believable.

So, just to bump it up a hair, I give it TEN stars. (Realistically I'd give it an 8.5, but the rating badly needs to go up!)


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