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Plot: 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… Runtime: 132 min Release Date: 31 Jan 1992
This will be a very short review. As i write this, "Shining Through" only has 5.8 stars, and I am just flabberghasted. This is a very sad statement on the typical movie-goer, I guess.I just watched this movie for the third or fourth time. It's clearly Melanie Griffiths finest performance, and just a perfect movie overall. It delivers the goods on many levels, is never boring, and always believable.So, just to bump it up a hair, I give it TEN stars. Realistically I'd give it an 8.5, but the rating badly needs to go up!
What a smashing film!! (by Andrew Hopper)
What a truly gripping film and storyline!! Melanie Griffith played her role as a spy beautifully, and Michael Douglas added his own special touch to the film.The late John Gielgud and Joely Richardson were also stars who made the film that little bit more eye catching!! In some parts it was emotional too, showing how Germany was like in the 1940's era. A very moving and successful film, which deserved every bit of its 10/10!!
A Classic, with Modern Production Quality (by mgfuchs99)
Thriller, War Movie, Mystery, Romance -- all in a high quality production. One of my favorites. I've never understood the lack of more widespread interest in Shining Through. Thank goodness it's finally out on DVD in the U.S.It has stoic performances by Douglas and Griffith, which is not out of place for the setting and time period, and as a stylistic approach works very well in this sometimes melancholy story about how complex life can be, and how difficult it is for everything to work out in the end. I really enjoyed the fact that almost no one in this movie was black or white -- <more>
everyone has shades of gray. Absolutes seldom apply.The tag-line in the trailer was very appropriate: they used to make movies this memorable, they used to make movies this powerful, they used to make movies this romantic -- they still do.
I loved this movie. I saw it for the first time when I was 21, and I've watched it several times a year ever since. Melanie Griffith gives one of the best performances of her career, and Michael Douglas is, of course, wonderful. Although this movie is presented as a action/drama set in WWII, the romantic story is what makes this movie so powerful. Griffith and Douglas have great, believable chemistry. The set decoration and cinematography are a throwback to the old 40's movies, which is ironic because those movies are mentioned throughout the film Griffith's character is a huge <more>
fan of war movies that were shown at that time. If you like great romantic stories with just enough action thrown in, watch this one. You will not be disappointed.
A Beautiful Look At The '40s During WWII (by ccthemovieman-1)
I acquired this mainly because it is a beautifully-filmed period piece centered around World War II. There are several train station scenes that I think about when recalling this film. They are a couple of the highlights of the fine cinematography and set designs in here. Overall, the movie had nice 1940s feel to it with the cars, dress, hairstyles and colors. It also is good to see this on widescreen DVD.The story also is interesting but not exactly plausible in one major regard: Melanie Griffith as a spy. sorry, but the bimbo-like quality of Melanie's voice, doesn't lead credence to <more>
playing this kind of character. I just can't picture her as some super-intelligent spy, but maybe she's a lot smarter than the roles she usually plays.Otherwise, this is a well-done, involving suspense film that I enjoy from start to finish.
Liam Neeson is the only star of the film (by francesgreen)
I have seen this film several times and it never fails to grip me with the suspense caused by the tension of the plot and the atmosphere created by the actors. Liam Neeson is superb and manages to illustrate the complexity of a character who is at odds with many issues in his life. He changes from sensitivity to coldness to anxiety and then to possible ruthlessness, but this side is never really shown only guessed at. The tension of the plot remains throughout the film and what the script illustrates is that despite the war and the characters being on 'different sides' the emotions of <more>
humanity like love of family and between men and women are universal. People are motivated by love and caring for others but as inevitable with a war film sometimes they will fail to realise their intentions and/or lose their loved ones. However I fail to imagine that a woman in 'evening dress' could have failed to have been stopped by police and or army if she was running around in the middle of the night. Melanie Griffith has no idea what it was really like in those days. Women were on the whole far from liberated and they would have been quite submissive outwardly to men
I've been looking forward for this movie to be on DVD. I do not understand why. I did enjoy it. The movie was criticized because it was far from the original book maybe to accommodate Michael Douglas. But to be honest, I like the movie better. I have a problem with the tone and sometimes language used by the writer.Pro: Engaging and the script is good Con: Douglas A US spy in charge of Germany and do not speak the language.The Griffith line " I remember it was a Saturday because the day before was Friday' Also, I think it was a mistake to tell you from the beginning how the <more>
movie was going to end. Overall, it is better than other movies already on DVD
Melanie Griffith likes W.W.II films. I do too. She likes W.W.II films filmed in Germany. I do too. She likes W.W.II films filmed in Berlin.So do I. She speaks German. I do too. She comes off as the dumb blonde type while I'm male and definitely not dumb. She's so gorgeous one forgets she can't act a flip. Who cares? Michael Douglas is an excellent actor usually in rotten pictures. Not this one-it's just delightfully shlocky but gripping, colorful,cute and interesting.The Nazis are developing their V weapons in German, VERGELTUNGSWAFFEN meaning weapons of revenge and the Allies <more>
must know from where they're being launched. Hello Melanie. Meine Liebe Fraulein,besuchen Sie Berlin dear young woman, visit Berlin.So over the protests of her lover and commander in chief,Mr.Douglas,off to Deutschland she goes and that's all I'm telling.Go rent the film...it's loads of fun to see how that gorgeous blonde accounts for V.E.Day.
Personally engrossing drama of heroism & sacrifice of WWII. (by abmorocco)
Near excellent story, especially with its salute to wartime movies threaded through the story. I would suggest that these WWII era films be cited as "recommendations" under rubric, "If you enjoyed this movies you may want to view the following". Or however IMDb states same. I'm referring to: The Fighting 69th, The Mortal Storm, Espionage Agent, and a fourth war-time drama, which I can't recall now.