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 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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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 is also related by marriage. Michael Douglas is the son of Kirk Douglas. Melanie Griffith is the daughter of Tippi Hedren. John Gielgud is the nephew of theatrical actress Ellen Terry . See more »

Goofs

Franz-Otto Dietrich is going to a concert with Linda Voss. He mentions that the conductor is Herbert Von Karajan. Karajan was born in 1908 and therefore in his mid-thirties during the war. The conductor in the movie is quite old and has gray hair. In a photo from 1938 Karajan's hair was still jet-black. See more »

Quotes

Linda Voss: It surprised no one that Ed was too stubborn to die.
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Connections

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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What a smashing film!!
1 December 2001 | by (Doncaster, England) – See all my reviews

What a truly gripping film and storyline!! Melanie Griffith played her role as a spy beautifully, and Michael Douglas added his own special touch to the film.The late John Gielgud and Joely Richardson were also stars who made the film that little bit more eye catching!! In some parts it was emotional too, showing how Germany was like in the 1940's era. A very moving and successful film, which deserved every bit of its 10/10!!


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