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The Other Side of Heaven (2001)

John Groberg, a farm kid from Idaho Falls, crosses an ocean to become a missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan islands during the 1950's.

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John Groberg
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Feki (as Joseph Folau)
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Kelepi
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Lavania
Alvin Fitisemanu ...
Tomasi
Peter Sa'ena-Brown ...
Kuli
Whetu Fala ...
Asi
Apii McKinley ...
Noli
Paki Cherrington ...
Minister (as Te Paki Cherrington)
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Edward
Ross Duncan ...
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Maggie Harper ...
John's Mother
Rick Leckinger ...
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John H. Groberg, a middle class kid from Idaho Falls, crosses the Pacific to become a Mormon missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan island kingdom during the 1950's. He leaves behind a loving family and the true love of his life, Jean. Through letters and musings across the miles, John shares his humbling and sometimes hilarious adventures with "the girl back home", and her letters buoy up his spirits in difficult times. John must struggle to overcome language barriers, physical hardship and deep-rooted suspicion to earn the trust and love of the Tongan people he has come to serve. Throughout his adventure-filled three years on the islands, he discovers friends and wisdom in the most unlikely places. John H. Groberg's Tongan odyssey will change his life forever. Written by Mary Jane Jones

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There is a connection between heaven and earth. Finding that connection makes everything meaningful, including death. Missing it makes everything meaningless, including life. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief disturbing images | See all certifications »

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12 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Eye of the Storm  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,765 (USA) (14 December 2001)

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$4,720,371 (USA) (27 November 2002)
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The first cut of the film was 2 hours 15 minutes. The final cut was 1 hour 53 minutes. See more »

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In the opening shot, the moon is shown in line with the Big Dipper, meaning it would be due north. The moon always appears in the zodiac. See more »

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President Stone: The house of the Lord is a house of order. There are forms for these things.
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Exceptionally well made independent film.
14 March 2003 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

This exceptionally well made, independently produced film is a heart warming tribute to the human spirit. The production team of Mitch Davis, John Corbett, and Gerry Molen(the Oscar winning producer of Schindler's list) are to be commended for the excellent job of presenting this story. It's refreshing to see economic success come for a family centered movie.

The special effects in the hurricane scenes were as good as any big budget movie production, yet maintained their focus on the central characters in the film. I hope to see more from this talented production team in the future.


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