Shining Through

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • UPC: 024543130901
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,732

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Francis V. Guinan Jr. Andrew Berringer
Patrick Winczewski Fishmonger
Mary Gail Artz
Andrzej Borkowski German Refugee
Barbara Cohen
Simon de Deney S.S. Man
Roland Nitschke Horst Drescher
Simone Reynolds
Hans-Martin Stier Truck Driver
Anthony Walters Dietrich's Son
Nigel Whitmey 1st GI in Canteen
Victoria Shalet Dietrich's Daughter
Sheila Allen Olga Leiner
Stanley Beard Linda's Father
Sylvia Syms Linda's Mother
Hansi Jochmann Hedda Drescher
Peter Flechtner S.S. Officer at Fishmonger
Alexander Hauff S.S. Officer at Fishmonger
Claus Plankers S.S. Officer at Fishmonger
Dana Gladstone Street Agitator
Lorinne Vozoff Personnel Director
Mathieu Carrière Von Haefler
Deirdre Harrison USO Singer
Wolf Kahler Border Commandant
William Hope Kernohan
Rob Freeman 2nd GI in Canteen
Lisa Orgolini Girl in Canteen
Jay Benedict Wisecracker in War Room
Thomas Kretschmann Man at Zurich Station
Klaus Munster Cab Driver
Markus Napier S.S. Officer
Constanze Engelbrecht Stayson Von Neest
Martin Hoppe German Soldier
Fritz Eggert German Soldier
Ludwig Haas Adolf Hitler
Clement Von Franckenstein BBC Interviewer
Lorelei King Leland's New Secretary
Wolfgang Heger Bus Conductor Kinderstrasse
Michael Gempart Man at Kinderstrasse
Hana-Maria Pravda Babysitter
Lutz Weillich Train Station Guard
Markus Kissling Swiss Border Guard
Anna Tzelniker Cleaning Woman
Tusse Silberg Woman Dinner Guest at Drescher's
Suzanne Roquette Woman Dinner Guest at Drescher's
Janis Martin Opera Singer
Wolfe Morris Male Translator
John Forristal
Technical Credits
David Seltzer Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Carol Baum Producer
Richard Conway Special Effects
Desmond Crowe Art Director
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Naomi Donne Makeup
Don French Asst. Director
Sandy Gallin Producer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Craig McKay Editor
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Zvi Howard Rosenman Producer
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Nigel Wooll Co-producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/Dreams of Rescue [6:51]
2. A Fateful Meeting [7:09]
3. Curious Behavior [10:43]
4. War Begins [1:39]
5. The USO [2:44]
6. Becoming a Spy [7:39]
7. Entry Into Germany [1:02]
8. Preparations [3:48]
9. Making a New Contact [4:15]
10. Increasing Danger [5:42]
11. Secret Rooms [3:02]
12. Late Nights [4:31]
13. Betrayals [8:43]
14. Deadly Struggle [2:59]
15. Safe at Home [10:18]
16. End Credits [1:27]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      French Stereo
      Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Featurette
      Theatrical Trailer B
      Theatrical Trailer D
      Fox Flix
         13 Rue Madeline
         The Diary of Anne Frank
         The Thin Red Line
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Wonderful Surprise

    When I first heard of this film I had my doubts about the abilities of Melanie Griffith to pull it off. However I was greatly surprised and this film has become one of those I have viewed several times.

    Ms. Griffith takes a job as a secretary and translator unknowingly for the OSS in the days before America's involvement in WWII. Her boss she learns played by Michael Douglas is a spy. Griffith believes she wants to be one too so that she can go into Germany and find her Jewish cousins. She soon finds herself in way over her head. She manages to get information on the German rocket projects and then she has to get out of Germany. That is where the real fun begins. I won't spoil the film's ending, but if you like war films or spy movies, this will surprise you as being one of the better ones.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie- too often overlooked.

    I personally found this a really good movie. It is taken during a time when everything in our world was turned upside down. It is a romantic thriller style movie. Maybe a little hokey sometimes- but that's part of it's charm.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Movie!!!

    I highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys the 1940s era. It has an awesome love story and great suspense!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See

    This has to be one of the best movies I've ever seen. I'm so happy it's finally on DVD. Thank you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wartime Thriller with a Superb Cast SHINES THROUGH!

    Superb cast - Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Liam Neeson. Terrific screenplay even if not true to the novel's original plot. Taut suspense and great action right to the end. It has taken way too long to get this film on a DVD, but here it is, and it SHINES THROUGH! Don't miss this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST MOVIE EVER - Finally coming to DVD

    I have waited for ever to get this movie on DVD. And finally it is being released. I first saw this movie in 1992 in USAF Technical School in Texas. I skipped studying for some tests to watch this movie 3 times that week. After seeing this movie I wanted to go to Germany. Guess what - Germany was my first assignment. This is a MUST SEE!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    Since when do movies follow the book?

    Besides, I can watch Melanie with the sound off!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    I read hundreds of books a year and I was always disappointed wh

    I read hundreds of books a year and I was always disappointed when they were made into movies....UNTIL NOW!!!! This film is supurb; my all time favorate. I did read the book and, believe it or not, I like the movie better. Have seen it nine times.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    nice movie..

    though it was stormed by many criticisms, still its one of my favorite movie to date. It takes you to a new dimension of love and sacrifice, and thru love a person can go great heights and leap tall mountains. this was very evident to the main protagonists the music was superb and the setting was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2002

    Shining Through a major disappointment

    I loved Susan Isaacs's book ''Shining Through'' and was so eager to see the movie. However, in the first five minutes I knew that the movie was not true to the book. Linda had changed from a character consistent with her background and time period to a confident woman of the '90's! The book is fabulous. The movie is not.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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