Shining Through (1992)


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Kewpie-doll voiced Melanie Griffith does a sexed-up Nancy Drew turn in David Seltzer's adaptation of Susan Issacs' novel Shining Through. Set during World war II, Griffith plays Linda Voss, a spunky New York girl who applies for a job with international lawyer Ed Leland (Michael Douglas). Ed hires her immediately when he finds out that she speaks German fluently. The reason Ed is so interested in Linda's language skills is because Ed is an undercover OSS officer who needs a German translator. … More

Rating: R (nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Seltzer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Ed Leland

as Linda Voss

as Dietrich

as Sunflower

as Berringer

as Dietrich's Son

as Dietrich's Daughter

as German Refugee

as Olga Leiner

as Linda's Father

as Horst Drescher

as Linda's Mother

as Horst Drescher

as Hedda Drescher

as S.S. Officer at Fish...

as S.S. Officer at Fish...

as S.S. Officer at Fish...

as Woman in Fish Market

as Street Agitator

as Personnel Director

as Von Haefler

as USO Singer

as Border Commandant

as Male Translator

as Kernohan

as 1st GI in Canteen

as 2nd GI in Canteen

as Girl in Canteen

as Wisecracker in War R...

as Man at Zurich Statio...

as Cab Driver

as S.S. Officer

as Stayson Von Neest

as German Soldier

as German Soldier

as BBC Interviewer

as Leland's New Secreta...

as Truck Driver

as Bus Conductor Kinder...

as Man at Kinderstrasse

as Train Station Guard

as Bus Conductor

as Swiss Border Guard

as Cleaning Woman

as German Refugee

as S.S. Man

as Woman Dinner Guest a...

as Woman Dinner Guest a...

as Opera Singer

as Andrew Berringer
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Critic Reviews for Shining Through

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 31, 1992
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Shining Through

Totally unrealistic. I mean, really? Secretary who happens to know German turned into full-time secret spy in Nazi Germany? I guess if you don't think too much about it, you can enjoy it.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


This war-drama of the Forties with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffiths is so clever and effective homeage.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

If you don't think too much, its a good movie. Melanie Griffith spying for the Americans as a German domestic even though her story about her background doesn't hold up. Michael Douglas as a spy who doesn't speak any German. Surely the Germans were not that stupid.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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