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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.

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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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Technical Specs

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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

In Ed Leland's (Michael Douglas') office, Linda (Melanie Griffith) explains how she comes to know something about spying, and refers to a movie 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 I. See more »

Goofs

During the dance, Leland wears the Army Blue Uniform, which was adopted July 1, 1957, with a Sam Browne belt, which was adopted after 1942. See more »

Quotes

Horst Drescher: [chewing raw dove] Delicious. Makes me feel like a volf.
[laughs]
Horst Drescher: [then gulps with a sick look on his face]
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Soundtracks

Goodbye Dear, I'll Be Back In A Year
Written by Mack Kay
Performed by Dick Robertson
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Wonderful, artistically shot movie
4 December 2011 | by farrellhehnSee all my reviews

I have NO idea why this movie has not well survived the critique process. I am an intelligent woman who finds this to be the best Nazi film I've ever seen - a great romance, a great thriller, and just a great movie all-around. In contrast to another reviewer, I found Melanie's performance here to be right on point and she was well-cast. As others mention, she's an interesting contrast, blonde and Jewish, sex appeal but survivor. Cannot believe it was selected as worst movie of 1992. My German is not as strong as the two other languages I speak, so maybe the accent is a mess, but is it really a deal-breaker for the film? Especially when it's a true story. Maybe Roger Ebert has it out for Melanie Griffith or Michael Caine, who knows, but I really encourage you to check this one out.


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