Shining Through

Synopsis: 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 involved in espionage work. The two become lovers, and when America officially joins the Allies in fighting Hitler, Linda volunteers to go undercover behind enemy lines.
Director(s): David Seltzer
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  5 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

should get involved in this war

is a Jew-loving commie,

Franklin Delano

Rosenberg included!

- Why don't you go home?

- Why don't you go home?

We got another one here!

I am sure your typing skills are superior,

Miss Voss, but

a degree from Queens Clerical College

is a bit beneath our standards.

Our legal secretaries

come directly from Vassar.

I'm sure you understand.

Oh, I understand.

So unless you have something

to add to change my mind, I,

I'm afraid I

really couldn't...

Lower your standards?

Listen, I wouldn't want you to.

You might have to work with someone

who's had to get her hands dirty.

And I'm sure that would be uncomfortable

for you and the girls from Vassar.

I went to Vassar, by the way.

My uncle's car broke down at

the front gate. I had to pick him up.

Place looked like a real shithole to me.

Thank you very much.

I am so sorry.

Don't worry,

it's just a water.

I'll lose my job.

I have two children...

Miss Voss.

You failed to mention that

you speak a second language.

Since all demands for payment have gone

unanswered, like the billing in September...

...the statement

September this year...

- We have no choice...

- Haben wir keine andere Wahl...

but to impound the shipment

of cement wagons...

als alle Zementlaster

zu beschlagnahmen...

- Until proper reparations are made.

- Bis die Reparationskosten bezahlt sind.

Laster is truck.

I said wagon.

You said cement wagon.

Laster is correct.

You're very certain of yourself,

which is good.

You'll have to be. Please.

We run an international practice here,

and we're trying to disentangle certain

companies from their affairs in Germany.

Unfortunately, one of our senior

partners has a tin ear for languages,

which leaves him

somewhat handicapped.

Graduated cum laude from Harvard,

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David Seltzer

David Seltzer (born February 2, 1940) is an American screenwriter, producer and director, perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for The Omen (1976) and Bird on a Wire (1990). As writer-director, Seltzer's credits include the 1986 teen tragi-comedy Lucas starring Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder, the 1988 comedy Punchline starring Sally Field and Tom Hanks, and 1992's Shining Through starring Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas. more…

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