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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:
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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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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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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

Ed Leland: Forget about dying. You're not allowed to die.
Linda Voss: I've never seen you look scared before.
Ed Leland: I don't want to loose you. I want to be with you, always.
Linda Voss: Oh God, you wouldn't say that unless you were sure I was gonna die.
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References The Fighting 69th (1940) See more »

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A Beautiful Look At The '40s During WWII
18 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I acquired this mainly because it is a beautifully-filmed period piece centered around World War II. There are several train station scenes that I think about when recalling this film. They are a couple of the highlights of the fine cinematography and set designs in here. Overall, the movie had nice 1940s feel to it with the cars, dress, hairstyles and colors. It also is good to see this on widescreen DVD.

The story also is interesting but not exactly plausible in one major regard: Melanie Griffith as a spy. sorry, but the bimbo-like quality of Melanie's voice, doesn't lead credence to playing this kind of character. I just can't picture her as some super-intelligent spy, but maybe she's a lot smarter than the roles she usually plays.

Otherwise, this is a well-done, involving suspense film that I enjoy from start to finish.


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