In 1940, New York, secretary Linda Voss suspects her boss is a spy. When America enters WWII, and his key operative in Berlin is killed, Linda convinces her boss to let her go undercover. From secretary to secret agent, Linda is dropped behind enemy lines. Her mission: penetrate the household of a high-ranking enemy official and get out of Germany alive.
Main Cast & Crew:
David Seltzer - Director
- Format: DVD (New Packaging)
- Run Time: 132
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 024543130901
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Release Date: January 2005
Circa 1940, a half-Irish, half-Jewish woman from Queens takes a posh secretarial job for an attorney who turns out to be a US government spy. Despite her lower-class status, the two become lovers, and the lawyer reluctantly allows her to go to Berlin to spy on a high-ranking Nazi.
Released theatrically in USA January 31, 1992. Color by Rank; prints by DeLuxe. Shot in Panavision. Filmed at Pinewood Studios, London, England; Germany and Austria. Production began just two days before Germany celebrated its reunification on October 3, 1990. One of the film's advertising tag-lines was, "He needed to trust her with his secret. She had to trust him with her life." Writer/director David Seltzer worked as a screenwriter at the beginning of his career. His writing credits include "The Omen" (1976) and "The Other Side of the Mountain" (1975). Seltzer made his writing/directing debut in 1986 with the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama, "Lucas." Kati Meister was the supervisor of film research for the film. John Caglione, Jr. created the character aging makeup for Melanie Griffith. Susan Isaacs' novel was published in 1988.
"...Griffith is just about perfect....SHINING THROUGH is an awful lot of fun..." - 02/20/1992 Rolling Stone, p.47-49
"...Joely Richardson brings a luminous, avid-eyed glamour to the role....It has pace, colorful performers, and a pleasing period-piece vastness..." - 02/07/1992 Entertainment Weekly, p.38-9
"...Griffith displays an extremely engaging combination of vulnerability and sass..." - 01/31/1992 Los Angeles Times, p.F1