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Shining Through (1992)

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

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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 ...
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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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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,733,781

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,938,238
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In Ed Leland's office, Linda explains how she comes to know something about spying, and refers to a film in which a character's tongue is cut out and says, "Have you seen 'The Fighting 69th'." The "Fighting 69th" was O.S.S. Bill Donovan's regiment in World War One. 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: [reciting what she has noticed in the room] Pictures of sailing boats and polo ponies, fancy books and diplomas, stuffed fish on the wall, calendar set to the wrong date, bookcases that are dusty, 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.
Ed Leland: Are always like this?
Linda Voss: I forgot to tell you, my other half's Irish.
Ed Leland: Lethal combination.
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References Notorious (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Seeing You
Written by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal
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A Beautiful Look At The '40s During WWII
18 January 2007 | by 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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