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Shining Through (1992)

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

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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 »

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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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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

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

In Ed's office, the translator pronounces "Schornstein" correctly with an "I" sound in the last syllable. Outside, Linda pronounces it incorrectly with an "E" sound. See more »

Quotes

Linda Voss: It surprised no one that Ed was too stubborn to die.
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Goodnight Sweetheart
Written by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell, Rudy Vallee and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
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What a smashing film!!
1 December 2001 | by Andrew HopperSee all my reviews

What a truly gripping film and storyline!! Melanie Griffith played her role as a spy beautifully, and Michael Douglas added his own special touch to the film.The late John Gielgud and Joely Richardson were also stars who made the film that little bit more eye catching!! In some parts it was emotional too, showing how Germany was like in the 1940's era. A very moving and successful film, which deserved every bit of its 10/10!!


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