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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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spy | secretary | new york | translator | 1940s | See more »

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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

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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No intelligence agency, no matter how desperate, would send a secretary behind enemy lines with no training, or a senior officer who can't speak the language. 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 Espionage Agent (1939) See more »

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Goodnight Sweetheart
Written by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell, Rudy Vallee and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
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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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