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Shining Through (1992)

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

Director:

David Seltzer

Writers:

Susan Isaacs (novel), David Seltzer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Ed Leland
Melanie Griffith ... Linda Voss
Liam Neeson ... Franze-Otto Dietrich
Joely Richardson ... Margrete Von Eberstien
John Gielgud ... Sunflower
Francis Guinan ... Andrew Berringer
Patrick Winczewski Patrick Winczewski ... Fishmonger
Anthony Walters Anthony Walters ... Dietrich's Son
Victoria Shalet Victoria Shalet ... Dietrich's Daughter
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Olga Leiner, Margrete's Mother
Stanley Beard Stanley Beard ... Linda's Father
Sylvia Syms ... Linda's Mother
Ronald Nitschke Ronald Nitschke ... Horst Drescher
Hansi Jochmann ... Hedda Drescher
Peter Flechtner 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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

31 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I ørnens klør See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,733,781

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,938,238
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After Dietrich (Liam Neeson) "hires" Linda (Melanie Griffith) to be his nanny, Linda delivers a voice-over explaining the fortunate circumstances, into which she had stumbled, 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 »

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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Connections

References Espionage Agent (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
Written by Glenn Miller
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nothing but praise...
9 April 2002 | by steffie505See all my reviews

I saw this movie on BRAVO and absolutely loved it. So what if it is unrealistic? It is a movie, after all. If you want reality, rent a documentary or watch the History Channel. It reminds me of an old black and white film from the 40's like "Notorious", "Saboteur", or something of that nature.(Probably one of the reasons I liked it so much.)The suspense was wonderful, as was the romance between Linda and Ed. My eyes were glued to the television from beginning to end, and it left me in a happy state of shock. Even reading the book--which was quite different--didn't change my mind about loving the movie. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a two hour escape from the real world... especially someone looking for a good romance. I still get palpitations thinking about the closing scene. Sigh.


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