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Shining Through

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Shining Through
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Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by David Seltzer
Release Date January 31, 1992
Language English
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox
Sandollar Productions
Peter V. Miller Investment Corp.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ed Leland Michael Douglas
Linda Voss Melanie Griffith
General Franz-Otto Dietrich Liam Neeson
Margrete von Eberstein Joely Richardson
Konrad Friedrichs John Gielgud
Andrew Berringer Francis Guinan

Shining Through is a 1992 U.S. thriller film by David Seltzer, based on the novel of the same name by Susan Isaacs. 1940, young Linda Voss has Irish-German ancestry and is a passionate movie lover, especially when it comes to exciting spy and war films. Surprisingly, she gets a new job at an ominous New York company, with her new superiors seemingly taking a keen interest in her German past. After some time, Linda begins to question her new surroundings and she finds out that the company is just a cover and that she is now actually working for the secret service. She also begins a passionate love affair with her boss Ed Leland, which complicates the whole situation. When the U.S. officially declares war on Germany, Linda volunteers for a dangerous undercover mission behind enemy lines.

The following weapons were used in the film Shining Through:



Walther P38

Several German officers carry a Walther P38 in their holsters. At the end of the film, Ed Leland (Michael Douglas) uses a Walther P38 to kill a German officer and a German soldier when he runs towards the German border (he manages to fire 15 shots from his 8-shot Walther).

Walther P38 with black grips - 9x19mm

Walther PPK

Margrete von Eberstein (Joely Richardson) uses a Walther PPK to shoot Voss twice at the end of the film. Wounded, Voss takes the PPK and shoots Eberstein in the head.

Walther PPK - .380 ACP

Luger P08

Franz Otto Deitrich (Liam Neeson) is seen loading a Luger P08 when he suspects Linda Voss (Melanie Griffith) of being an Allied spy.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Deitrich (Liam Neeson) loads his Luger P08.

Submachine Guns


The MP40 is very briefly seen by some German soldiers, and is not as common in the film as the Mauser K98K.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm


Mauser Gewehr 1898M

Gewehr 98Ms are the most common German infantry weapon in the film. A German soldier uses a Mauser rifle to wound Leland in the knee and the shoulder at the end of the movie when he struggles to get to the Swiss-German border.

Mauser Gewehr 1898M - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German troops with Mauser rifles.
A German soldier aims his Mauser.
A closeup of the Mauser in the hands of a German soldier. Note the rifle's features, particularly the straight bolt handle, which are visible in this shot.
German troops standing guard with their rifles.

Karabiner 98k

Some Karabiner 98k are also seen but switching between scenes to the longer G98M when the soldiers can be seen closer.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Schmit-Rubin Karabiner M1911

The straight-pull bolt action Karabiner M1911 is used by the Swiss border guards, notably at the end of the film when one justifiably shoots a German soldier with a K11 after he crosses over into Switzerland. This is actually an accurate weapon as the K11 was the standard-issue service rifle of the Swiss border guards at the time.

Schmidt-Rubin Karabiner Modell 1911 - 7.5x55mm Swiss (GP11)
A border guard is seen on the far left.
The same border guard takes cover. Note the larger receiver compared to the K31 Rifle.
The grasping groove right beneath the rear sight is visible.

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