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Shining Through (1992)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ed Leland
... Linda Voss
... Franze-Otto Dietrich
... Margrete Von Eberstien
... Sunflower
... Andrew Berringer
Patrick Winczewski ... Fishmonger
Anthony Walters ... Dietrich's Son
Victoria Shalet ... Dietrich's Daughter
Sheila Allen ... Olga Leiner, Margrete's Mother
Stanley Beard ... Linda's Father
... Linda's Mother
Ronald Nitschke ... Horst Drescher
... Hedda Drescher
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

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

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Release Date:

31 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Luz na Escuridão  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,733,781

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,938,238
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the lead actors are second-generation members of acting families. Joely Richardson is the daughter of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, to whom Liam Neeson was also related by marriage. Michael Douglas is the son of Kirk Douglas. Melanie Griffith is the daughter of Tippi Hedren. Sir John Gielgud is the nephew of theatrical actress Ellen Terry . See more »

Goofs

Horst Drescher is seen in 3 different uniforms in the film. During the American Intelligence meeting slide show, he is first show in a Wehrmacht uniform in one photo, then in a party uniform, and when Linda Voss goes to work at his house as a cook, he is wearing and Organization Todt uniform (Third Reich civil and military engineering group). It is highly unlikely he would have switched over to a Civil group well holding rank in the Wehrmacht. Unless as its head and appointed by Hitler. That position was held by Albert Speer. See more »

Quotes

Ed Leland: [being interviewed] Your grandmother, she insists you speak...
Linda Voss: German? She doesn't speak English.
Ed Leland: She's lived here for...
Linda Voss: My sixth grade teacher used to do that.
Ed Leland: Beg your pardon?
Linda Voss: Used to start a question and not finish it. Like, "the capital of Indiana is..."
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(I've Got A Gal in) Kalamazoo
Written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
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Romance worth a second look!
21 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I love this film! I know it is widely panned by critics and movie-goers alike, but I love it. Sure, it has implausible elements in the story, but the relationship between Ed Leland (played stoically by Michael Douglas) and his lady love, Linda Voss (played seductively by Melanie Griffith) is thrilling. Joely Richardson plays a complicated character who provides some interesting plot points. Melanie, who isn't known for subtlety, gives a rich and layered performance, especially in the development of the romantic storyline. Michael Douglas is a bit over the top, playing the stolid soldier and unlikely spy to the hilt. Liam Neeson is amazingly handsome and charismatic -- despite playing for the other side as a top Nazi officer. It's a fun recreation of the 1940s romance-war-spy dramas -- exciting and definitely romantic. Romance is the focus of this drama, not the spy plot. Watch the relationships unfold and it won't disappoint. It's worth a second look by many. Give it another try!


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