Shining Through

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Shining Through ★★½ 1992 (R)

Babyvoiced Griffith as a spy sent behind enemy lines without training? Douglas as a spy sent behind enemy lines without speaking German? Old-fashioned blend of romance, espionage, and derringdo where noble hero saves spunky heroine from nasty Nazis in WWII Germany works despite thin plot. Series of flash-forwards to an aged Griffith is annoying and tends to stop action cold, but everyone tries hard and period flavor is authentic. Adapted from bestselling Susan Isaacs novel, but bears little resemblance to book. 133m/C VHS, DVD . Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson, John Gielgud, Francis Guinan, Patrick Winczewski, Sylvia Syms; D: David Seltzer; W: David Seltzer; C: Jan De Bont; M: Michael Kamen. Golden Raspberries '92: Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Griffith), Worst Director (Seltzer).