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. Their business relationship translates into love, but when America enters the war, Ed abandons his law practice to become a full-time spy. Utilizing Linda's charms, she travels to Berlin and infiltrates the Nazis as a domestic to try to discover information about "a bomb that can fly by itself." But Linda has personal as well as patriotic motives for agreeing to go undercover, since she has Jewish relatives in Berlin and wants to find out their whereabouts. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
R (nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Liam Neeson
as Dietrich
John Gielgud
as Sunflower
Michael Douglas
as Ed Leland
Melanie Griffith
as Linda Voss
Thomas Kretschmann
as Man at Zurich Station
Joely Richardson
as Margrete
Sylvia Syms
as Linda's Mother
Jay Benedict
as Wisecracker in War Room
Mathieu Carriere
as Von Haefler
Tusse Silberg
as Woman Dinner Guest at Drescher's
William Hope
as Kernohan
Victoria Shalet
as Dietrich's Daughter
Francis Guinan
as Berringer
Sheila Allen
as Olga Leiner
Dana Gladstone
as Street Agitator
Lorelei King
as Leland's New Secretary
Constanze Engelbrecht
as Stayson Von Neest
Hans Martin Stier
as Truck Driver
Clement von Franckenstein
as BBC Interviewer
Ronald Nitschke
as Horst Drescher
Wolf Kahler
as Border Commandant
Lisa Orgolini
as Girl in Canteen
Wolfe Morris
as Male Translator
Lorinne Vozoff
as Personnel Director
Rob Freeman
as 2nd GI in Canteen
Nigel Whitmey
as 1st GI in Canteen
Janis Martin
as Opera Singer
Michael Gempart
as Man at Kinderstrasse
Suzanne Roquette
as Woman Dinner Guest at Drescher's
Anthony Walters
as Dietrich's Son
Fritz Eggert
as German Soldier
Hana-Maria Pravda
as Babysitter
Ludwig Haas
as Hitler
Roland Nitschke
as Horst Drescher
Stanley Beard
as Linda's Father
Martin Hoppe
as German Soldier
Patrick Winczewski
as Fishmonger
Peter Flechtner
as S.S. Officer at Fishmonger
Deirdre Harrison
as USO Singer
Alexander Hauff
as S.S. Officer at Fishmonger
Wolfgang Heger
as Bus Conductor Kinderstrasse
Hansi Jochmann
as Hedda Drescher
Markus Kissling
as Swiss Border Guard
Klaus Munster
as Cab Driver
Markus Napier
as S.S. Officer
Claus Plankers
as S.S. Officer at Fishmonger
Anna Tzelniker
as Cleaning Woman
Lutz Weillich
as Train Station Guard
Wolfgang Muller
as Bus Conductor
Simon DeDeney
as S.S. Man
Renate Cyll
as Woman in Fish Market
Andrzej Borkowdki
as German Refugee
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Critic Reviews for Shining Through

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

fails as an espionage thriller, but also as a romance

Full Review… | January 16, 2005

Griffith as an American spy posing as a German during WWII. Gimme a break!!!

May 21, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

The word 'bore' comes to mind

September 18, 2002

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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August 12, 2005

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May 20, 2005

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
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


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

Dean McKenna
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
Red Lats

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