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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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5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 ... 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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Taglines:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,406,829, 2 February 1992

Gross USA:

$21,633,781

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,838,238
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

A five hundred thousand dollar building was erected in Berlin, to be blown up during an action scene. No cameras were rolling when it blew up. See more »

Goofs

When Linda references The Fighting 69th she states the film stars Cary Grant and Brenda Marshall, but neither actor appears in that film. 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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(I've Got A Gal in) Kalamazoo
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Great Romance!!
19 May 2004 | by lindajordan29See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I saw it for the first time when I was 21, and I've watched it several times a year ever since. Melanie Griffith gives one of the best performances of her career, and Michael Douglas is, of course, wonderful. Although this movie is presented as a action/drama set in WWII, the romantic story is what makes this movie so powerful. Griffith and Douglas have great, believable chemistry. The set decoration and cinematography are a throwback to the old 40's movies, which is ironic because those movies are mentioned throughout the film (Griffith's character is a huge fan of war movies that were shown at that time.) If you like great romantic stories with just enough action thrown in, watch this one. You will not be disappointed.


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