Shining Through

6.42 h 12 min1992R
When Linda Voss an American woman of Irish and Jewish-German ancestry takes a job as a German translator at a law firm, she quickly finds out her boss is a spy. As the two become lovers, she finds herself immersed into the world of espionage.
David Sletzer
Melanie GriffithMichael DouglasLiam Neeson
English [CC]
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Carol BaumHoward Rosenman
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2776 global ratings

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Mama in OhioReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I have re watched this movie over and over. I love Michael Douglas. A nice easy watch with no heavy violence on screen most is implied. Liam Neeson plays a nice supporting role. Melanie Griffith is strong in this movie and really shows her self as a solid actress.

WWII and Griffith is half Jewish and ends up in Germany to help the American war effort. The story starts in America, goes to Germany and finishes in Switzerland. All is very well done and the plot is easy to follow. You never get lost and find yourself cheering Griffith on ward.
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AtticusReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Takes itself seriously, but you don't have to!
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This one ranks alongside "The Summer Place" as a Favorite Bad Movie! Possibly because I saw it when first released, in a Parisian cinema. It was such fun just to relax with a movie in English, and this WWII nonsense was a great laugh at a time I needed it! Prototypical dumb blonde Melanie Griffith gets kitted out as a top-secret agent and sent to infiltrate Berlin while searching for her own lost Jewish relatives at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking! And what she survives: stabbed and shoved down a laundry chute, then shot several times; keeps a straight face for the gestapo guards at the border, and still manages to cross the Swiss border, dragged along by a stony-faced Michael Douglas, still wearing her evening dress and high heels. You can't keep a good gal down; she's spunky! Joely Richardson does deserve to be singled out for a fine performance. There's the great John Gielgud, too -- phoning it in! And I much preferred Liam Neeson as Oscar Schindler than the Nazi he plays here. Anyway, if you're in the mood for this kind of absurdist entertainment -- highly recommended.
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Disney FanReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie!
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This is one of my all time favorite movies that my husband and I saw by accident the year it came out. We went to the movies and nothing was on we recognized. Only went to this one because of Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith ended up being the star in my eyes. He was great too of course. Just a great action, suspense and love story. Must see.
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Kearnsey64Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A real nail biter!
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Some have said this movie was not good. Sometimes I think those people are on the payroll. All star cast, great performances and cinematography that defies Hollywood's standards. I love Melanie Griffith's and Michael Douglas' performance in this and it was a fresh perspective with plenty of twists. Watch, sit back and enjoy! Great movie!
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JenniferReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2014
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Allow your suspension of disbelief to embrace it
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Okay, yeah, maybe it's a little bit of a stretch to think that a secretary with no training could waltz into Nazi Germany and find top-secret information that could very well have started the beginning of the end of WWII. And maybe it's not feasible to think that a high-ranking colonel would not only be unable to speak German, but be able to wander in and out of Nazi Germany by claiming a neck injury that left him mute... But it's a wonderful story! And probably not a terribly far-off interpretation of what life in Berlin was like during that awful, awful time in our history. I loved the movie when I saw it as a teenager (okay, maybe more of a "young adult"), have since read the book, and still love it to this day! If you like dramas about WWII, you'll love this movie.
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chris2011Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Was a good movie. Pretty much what I would call a ...
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Takes place in the European theater in WW2. Was a good movie. There are some good twists so I won't comment much and a bit of romance as well. Great acting by all three main characters. It stars Michael Douglass Melanie Griffith and Liam Neeson.

It is what I would call a romantic suspense spy thriller. Much of the story takes place behind the lines in war torn Germany.

When replacing VHS tapes this was one of the first I ordered. Good value. If you order you won't be disappointed.
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ceilyReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully acted and a great performance
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I first saw this movie years ago when I lived in GE but could not find it when I came back to the states. You need to remember, the PC was just beginning to get off the ground! It is about WWII and spies too. So sexual tones, just to let you know!
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PpantherReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2016
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saw this years ago and loved it so much i was so glad to find ...
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saw this years ago and loved it so much i was so glad to find it here. Would love to find another one but don't know the title, It was about a pilot that was shot down during the war over in Bulgaria maybe? I don't remember, but they hid him and they had horses, one of which they gave him to ride in fleeing fro the Nazi's and he ended up shipping the horse home with him when he came. It was the most endearing story and would love to know the title so I can add it to my library of films, too. If anyone knows the title, please let me know. Thanks.
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