MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,364 this week

The Other Side of Heaven (2001)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  12 April 2002 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 2,931 users   Metascore: 38/100
Reviews: 84 user | 26 critic | 16 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

, (book)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

Related News

Fabienne Vonier dies aged 66
| ScreenDaily
Obituary: Fabienne Vonier
| ScreenDaily

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 09 Oct 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 05 Oct 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 09 Jun 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Other Side of Heaven (2001)

The Other Side of Heaven (2001) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Other Side of Heaven.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Passengers (2008)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A grief counselor working with a group of plane-crash survivors finds herself at the root of a mystery when her clients begin to disappear.

Director: Rodrigo García
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.

Director: Douglas McGrath
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer
Havoc (2005)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two affluent suburban girls who clash with the Latino gang culture of East LA.

Director: Barbara Kopple
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Recently moved to upstate New York from the comfort of their Vermont homestead, the Benjamin Steed family makes their way into the established social structure of Palmyra. In their attempt ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Holt
Stars: Sam Hennings, Eric Johnson, Alexander Carroll
Becoming Jane (2007)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters
God's Army (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Dutcher
Stars: Matthew A. Brown, Richard Dutcher, Jacque Gray
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two pairs of Mormon missionaries from America live in a beaten-up apartment in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Their personalities are distinctly different. Appropriately, the most responsible ... See full summary »

Director: Scott S. Anderson
Stars: K.C. Clyde, Kirby Heyborne, Cameron Hopkin
Charly (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Sam Roberts thinks he has all the answers: the purpose of life, the meaning of love, the plan for a perfect future. Until Charly walks into his life.

Director: Adam Thomas Anderegg
Stars: Jeremy Hoop, Randy King, Heather Beers
Don Peyote (2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

DON PEYOTE tells the story Warren Allman, an unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life after an unpleasant encounter with a homeless man preaching the end is near. Fueled by ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Canzoniero, Dan Fogler
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A spin-off of the Get Smart movie, centered on Bruce, a techie at CONTROL, and his nerdy analyst cohort, Lloyd.

Director: Gil Junger
Stars: Masi Oka, Nate Torrence, Jayma Mays
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Jonathan Jordan gets divorced he's thrust back into the world of being a single Mormon - a world who's ultimate goal is eternal marriage. Struggling to fit in, Jonathan decides to stop... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Hale
Stars: Will Swenson, Connie Young, Daryn Tufts
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
John Groberg
...
...
Feki (as Joseph Folau)
Nathaniel Lees ...
Kelepi
...
Lavania
Alvin Fitisemanu ...
Tomasi
Peter Sa'ena-Brown ...
Kuli
Whetu Fala ...
Asi
Apii McKinley ...
Noli
Paki Cherrington ...
Minister (as Te Paki Cherrington)
...
Edward
Ross Duncan ...
John's Father
Maggie Harper ...
John's Mother
Rick Leckinger ...
Photographer
Brian Richards ...
Crowd Member #1
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

idaho | love | missionary | 1950s | mormon | See All (34) »

Taglines:

A True Story. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eye of the Storm  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,720,371 (USA) (27 November 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The BYU scene was actually shot in New Zealand. Film-makers hired almost every swing club in the country to appear as extras. Anne Hathaway and Christopher Gorham do almost all of their own dancing. Anne was kicked in the head during one sequence. She was nearly knocked out. See more »

Goofs

The film starts with a dance at Brigham Young University in 1953. A couple sing the song "Rip it Up". That song was first recorded by Little Richard in 1956. See more »

Quotes

John Groberg: Tomasi, why did you help us?
Tomasi: When I was a little boy, I was orphaned. Two missionaries like you took care of me, put me in school. I had forgotten about it until the minister told us to go rough up the Mormons. Then I remembered: I am one!
[takes a swig of alcohol]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lone Ranger
Courtesy of Golden Books Family Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Nice story, limited audience
22 June 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I really did enjoy this film, although it is certainly no cinematic masterpiece, however I do think it would be of fairly limited appeal to a non-Mormon audience. It is a fairly slow and simple story, done fairly simplistically, but not without its charms. To really appreciate it I suspect one would need to have some background knowledge of the key elements of the movie. I was certainly surprised to see it as a Disney movie and was mortified to see other posters suggesting that the advertising for the film was less than forthcoming on the true nature of the storyline. For what it is, its very entertaining and uplifting, but I would strongly suspect that this film will not appeal to a wide audience. My Vote 7/10 (although I unashamedly admit my own bias)


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
As a Christian, I still liked this movie.... ilovejesus2002
Is Annie Morman? Kajee2
rate this movie on a scale of 1 to 10 luvmonkey5
Not filmed in Tonga Luci_Mont
Will this ever be released on DVD?! ZoomIn1224
Name of song? k-mcdaniel
Discuss The Other Side of Heaven (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?