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Shining Through
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Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 01/13/2009 Run time: 132 minutes Rating: R

Uncomfortably close to Ben Hecht and Alfred Hitchcock's film Notorious, this World War II drama (based on a novel by Susan Isaacs) concerns a love affair between a spy (Michael Douglas) and a secretary (Melanie Griffith) that goes south when duty turns him cold and pushes her into dangerous, behind-the-lines intelligence work. Liam Neeson plays the gentleman Nazi unwittingly providing Griffith with cover as domestic help. The best parts of the film are the twists and turns in the romance (Douglas is very good at playing a character who can turn off all feeling at will) at the beginning, while the German scenes are less compelling despite such high stakes for the heroine. The climax--taking us back to Notorious whether it wants to or not--is quite gripping, largely due to Douglas's performance. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • all time favorite
    What a cast, what a story, what a time in history... always a favorite theme of heroics and struggle for life and death with a real killing machine enemy. Thank you for your prompt service, excellent product and kind followup. G. Study Ft. Worth, TX USA...more info
  • One of my all-time favorites, at last on DVD in widescreen
    This has always been one of my favorite films. Apparently it's supposed to be a guilty pleasure. I can't imagine why though. It's not a deep or socially important work of art, but it doesn't pretend to be. It's just a glorious, old-fashioned piece of entertainment, gorgeously shot on location in Germany, with one of the best scores the late Michael Kamen ever wrote.

    Alright, so Melanie Griffith convinces Michael Douglas to send her as a spy into Nazi Germany because of her phenomenal streudel baking skills. It's that kind of movie. Either you let yourself be swept away by the storytelling, or it's just not for you.

    The big news, however, is that this great movie is finally on DVD in the US. And it's in widescreen, a vital piece of information that was left off the listing here. I was really afraid I'd walk into Tower today and see a Pan and Scan atrocity and have to leave it there unbought. Worry not, the film is presented here as it was in theaters in 1992.

    The makers of this DVD have also kindly left the original burned-in subtitles for the sequences in German, instead of replacing them with those ugly player generated ones you see so often. I always liked the font the filmmakers chose, so this was a pleasant surprise.

    It would have been nice to have a director's commentary, or some of the approximately half an hour that was removed from the version that was shot. However for under $10 what we get (two trailers) is fine.

    It took long enough, with the US just about the last country on earth to get "Shining Through" on DVD, but it's here at last, and looking as good as I could have possibly have hoped....more info
  • One of the worst movies in years!
    The plot - silly. The dialog - turgid, clunky, overdone. The acting - bland. About the only good thing about this movie is that it's so bad its really funny in parts....more info
  • Timeless
    This movie has everything...action, intrigue, romance. An enjoyable storyline will likely draw you in as it did me. Check this movie out to see Melanie and Michael doing their magic. It's easily worth adding to your library....more info
  • Not bad
    I have a low tolerance for Melanie Griffith; her voice usually gets on my nerves. But here, she's not bad as a strong-willed half-Jewish secretary who falls in love with her boss, a WWII American spy,(Michael Douglas) and persuades him to let her spy as well. Nothing here is overly impressive, and there are some major mistakes, including the fact that Douglas' character doesn't speak any German! Still, a light, enjoyable film....more info
  • THIS IS A CLASSIC - A WAR TIME ROMANCE!
    The movie begins with Mrs. Ed Leland being interviewed by the BBC for their series of war stories.

    Being a half Jewish girl, half Irish & half German, she, Linda Voss wants desperately to save her cousins in Germany, especially Sophia who plays the flute.

    Her life changes when she happens to stumble into a secretary's job for a lawyer, Ed Leland. Because of her love for war movies, she pegs Leland as a spy. He is very private, stoic and withdrawn.
    In proving an interpretor as being a possible double-spy she becomes privy to some of the inner goings on of Ed's office.

    She does finally cause him to smile and they do fall for each other and become lovers. Their relationship suffers a seperation after Pearl Harbor and Ed disappears for several months.
    During the War she is relagated to the secretarial pool in the basement where she is always searching some word of Ed. He never contacts her.

    She spends some time at the USO and in walks Ed Leland with a brunette on his arm. He doesn't see Linda until he starts dancing and then all hell breaks out emotionally. She begs him to tell her how to quit loving him.

    Watch it to find out how she convinces the powers that be to send her to Germany as a spy. Boy does she goof up.

    There she meets up with Sunshine, Margrete Von Eberstein and Horst Drescher.
    Drescher sets Linda up [in hiring her to cook]to meet Franz-Otto Dietrich and his two children. Linda then disappears from all aquaintances [and scares the crap out of Ed] as she takes over the job of nanny to the high ranked German.
    Even Margrete does not know where she is. Linda pursues her quest for her cousins. And tells Margrete and Ed [when he shows up undercover]that she has located her cousins.

    During a bombing raid she has Dietrich's children with her as she locates the address of her cousins [only to find them gone] and learns of a hidden room in Dietrich's basement.

    She has film and Ed is waiting to help her make an escape from war torn Germany. You have to see her flight and Ed's daring rescue of her and the other twists and actions to fully enjoy this love story.

    Do not pass it up - see for yourself just how good it really is.
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED --M This is truly an 8 star movie despite the bare ----- ...more info
  • Far-fetched yes, but definitely entertaining
    I love Shining Through, and 13 years later, it still holds up as a sweeping romantic thriller, and one of Melanie Griffith's last great roles on film.

    It's hard to believe this film won the Razzie for Worst Film and Worst Actress in 1992, when there were several bad films that year (co-star Michael Douglas also starred in the awful Basic Instinct, which was much more deserving of a Razzie). But I would ignore the negative criticisms of the film and seek out this underrated gem, finally out on DVD.

    It looks stunning, and I credit Fox for giving us an excellent transfer. The widescreen looks fabulous and for $10, this is no cheap pan-and-scan write-off.

    The film has everything: romance, suspence, action, comedy, drama, and the production values, writing, acting, and direction are all top notch. ...more info
  • Dreadful chick flick
    This is a chick flick through and through. We're talking 100% female fantasy. It is similar to the 2001 film "Charlotte Gray," which starred Cate Blachett, but where I found that film a bit flat, it was nowhere near as implausible, silly, and just plain bad as this film. "Shining Through" is also in the same genre as 1979's "Hanover Street" starring Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down and Christopher Plummer, but I actually liked Hanover Street, despite the fact that it, too, was a bit of chick flick.

    Melanie Griffith is just hopelessly, irretrievably miscast as the half German Jewish, half Irish heroine of this piece. I actually enjoyed the first hour of the film. But not one second of the last half of the movie, which takes place in Germany, is the slightest bit believable. I realize that incredibility doesn't necessarily detract from a movie's entertainment value, but it did in this case. The hopeless romantics of the fairer sex might enjoy this, but the rest of us can safely skip it....more info
  • Classic Sleeper
    What a great film about courage, patriotism, and honor. This story is about spies during WW2 in Nazi Germany and really takes on a new perspective for the war which has not been well done in other films. The movie has action, romance, and suspense. Not a lot of people have heard of this one, but it is a absolutely great movie. ...more info
  • One of the worst movies in years!
    The plot - silly. The dialog - turgid, clunky, overdone. The acting - bland. About the only good thing about this movie is that it's so bad its really funny in parts....more info
  • Cannot even compare to the book!
    Terrible, terrible, just terrible! Ms. Isaacs, how can you letthem do this to your marvelous book! The plot, the actors justbutchered it. And don't even mention that Melanie Griffith. Linda Voss is supposed to be this confident, working girl but instead she made her out to be this wimpy, whispery-voiced wishy-washy sort of girl. Okay here is my advice. If you want to enjoy this movie, see it first then read the book by Susan Isaacs. You should look it up on Amazon too and see how highly it is recommended. I read it first and the movie was an unmitigated failure and disappointment to me. I could just cry thinking about it. I really wish they would make another movie out of it, but this time do it right and just follow the book which is just too perfect and which one cannot go wrong in following. Okay enough talk, read the book, forget the movie. ...more info
  • Shining Through - Great Movie
    Loved the movie! It wasn't true to the novel but that didn't matter; both were excellent. ...more info
  • brave people in history
    I HAVE A GREAT FONDNESS FOR THE BRAVE PEOPLE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHO HAVE CREATED HISTORY. THIS STORY HAS GREAT MEANING FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN FREDOM, ALSO THE ACTING BY TWO GREAT ACTORS CREATE THE INTEREST YOU NEED TO ENJOY A MOVIE SUCH AS THIS...more info
  • great
    I love this movie even though it is kinda a take off of another movie it just makes you think that these people will risk everything for the good of the country and when they finally do get together it is the most touching thing you will ever see....more info
  • LOVE THIS GREAT WAR STORY EVER
    ITS AN AMAZING WAR STORY, EVEN THOUGH IS NOTHING TO LAUGH ABOUT BUT THE REALITY IS THAT MALE AND FEMALE TOOK HIGHER RISK TO FIGHT FOR WHAT THEY BELIVE WHICH IS DEFENDING THIS COUNTRY OF OURS. THIS IS A GREAT WAR/LOVE STORY OF 2 PEOPLE THAT WENT TO ANY LENGHT TO RESCUE AND SAVE EACH OTHER FROM THE NAZIS BEFORE D-DAY WAS ABOUT TO GO THRU BETTER KNOW AS THE NORMANDIE, ANY WAY IS A GREAT STORY AND I CANNT WAIT YO GET IT IN DVD. I HAVE BOUGHT THIS MOVIE TWICE IN VHS AND I CANNT STOP WATCHING IT. I GIVE THIS MOVIE 2 WOW GREAT THUMS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Shining Through
    A wonderful story. Michael Douglas made me fall in love with his character, and this is Melanie Griffith's finest performance, in my opinion. In fact, this is one of my favorite movies. Bah to the negative reviews and people who want to sound oh so knowledgeable. Get a grip, and just relax and enjoy the movie.

    By the way, I watch classic movies a lot. Notorious is one of my favorites and I never once thought of it while watching Shining Through....more info
  • One of the worst movies in years!
    The plot - silly. The dialog - turgid, clunky, overdone. The acting - bland. About the only good thing about this movie is that it's so bad its really funny in parts....more info