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The Other Side of Heaven (2001)

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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 ...
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Edward
Ross Duncan ...
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John's Mother
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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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An ordinary boy and his journey among extraordinary people who would change his life forever. 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)

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

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$4,720,371 (USA) (27 November 2002)
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A boy really did fall from a mango tree and remain unconscious for three days while John H. Groberg was a missionary. He remembers that he was on his way to church on a Tuesday, and he climbed the tree because it had some of the very best mangos. When he woke up on Thursday, he was worried that he was late for his meetings. See more »

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The telegram to John Groberg uses the actual punctuation mark, the period, but also uses the word "stop." A telegram did not have punctuation marks substituting the word "stop" for the period. It would not have had both as did the telegram in the film. See more »

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John Groberg: You know how far that light had to travel to shine on you?
Jean Sabin: I guess I don't.
John Groberg: 92,300,000 miles, give or take. You know what else?
Jean Sabin: What?
John Groberg: I think it was worth the trip.
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Has A Very Wide Appeal; Uplifting and Touching
20 March 2005 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

Exceptional artistic and historic care blend with charming cinematography, to render a visual experience that transcends into an emotional one. Not just one church's story. A universal story. Youth against the world. Virtue against violence. Anyone can relate to this film. It combines all the elements.

You get a light-hearted view of one young man's experience in a remote and unusual part of the world, at a time when the world was just about to start shrinking. There are family values. Individual challenges. Real-life stresses hurled from nature and cultural contrast.

The photography is utterly charming in its balance. It is not a slow film, any more than "Castaway" was a slow film. The difference between these two films is that one pits a single man against the world and against himself, while the other pits a young man against an utterly alien life which he manages to blend into his own. The "slowness" of the Pacific island life is micro-viewed to reveal that there are actually exciting and humorous details of daily life; while macro-viewed to show the occasional punctuation of extreme chaos and challenge,change and redirection.

Everyone wins in this film. Conflicts range from mutual culture and social shock, to static compromise, and eventually up to complete resolution.

See a South Pacific adventure that is, for once, totally based on real life and real historic occurrences.


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