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Shining Through (1992)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
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.


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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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2.39 : 1
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Liam Neeson worked with his future sister-in-law, Joely Richardson. See more »


Right after Pearl Harbor, Linda's narration says that Ed Leland's real identity as a member of the O.S.S. was revealed when he appeared in uniform. The O.S.S. did not exist before Pearl Harbor and was not officially founded by Donovan and Roosevelt until June of 1942. Ed Leland would have worked for any number of government agencies coordinating intelligence info prior to the war, not Donovan. And Donovan himself didn't enter the intelligence game until Roosevelt made him Coordinator of Information in July 1941. See more »


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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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


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Romance worth a second look!
21 April 2004 | by 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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