American marathon runner Michael Andropolis sets his heart on representing his country at the Olympic games. Meanwhile his marriage has fallen apart and his children have no respect for him... See full summary »
Steven Hilliard Stern
In Brighton in 1959, disgraced cop turned private detective Tony Aaron works largely on falsifying adulteries for use as evidence in divorce cases. He involves his wife as the fictional ... See full summary »
Laura San Giacomo,
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
In the living room, when Linda (Melanie Griffith) and her father read a letter from her imperiled aunts and cousin in Berlin, the music on the phonograph is Robert Schumann's "Kinderszenen" (Scenes of Childhood), Opus 15. See more »
During World War II the German-Swiss border was closed completely. There were no trains crossing the border during that period like it is portrayed in the movie. See more »
Your grandmother, she insists you speak...
German? She doesn't speak English.
She's lived here for...
My sixth grade teacher used to do that.
Beg your pardon?
Used to start a question and not finish it. Like, "the capital of Indiana is..."
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OK, so this movie is not a total turkey, but compared to the source material it isn't in the same ballpark - not even the same sport!
The book 'Shining Through' is a wonderfully nuanced and thoughtfully written novel, in which the author really cares for her characters. None of this came through in the movie and some very important plot points were left out - ones which could have lifted the movie immeasurably.
My advice - See the movie, or read the book. If you do both the movie will come out lacking.
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