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The Other Side of Heaven -- 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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Release Date:
12 April 2002 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
An Epic Journey. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(4 articles)
User Reviews:
Powerfully moving story See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Christopher Gorham ... John Groberg

Anne Hathaway ... Jean Sabin

Joe Folau ... Feki (as Joseph Folau)
Nathaniel Lees ... Kelepi

Miriama Smith ... Lavania
Alvin Fitisemanu ... Tomasi
Peter Sa'ena-Brown ... Kuli
Whetu Fala ... Asi
Apii McKinley ... Noli
Paki Cherrington ... Minister (as Te Paki Cherrington)

Jeremy Birchall ... Edward
Ross Duncan ... John's Father
Maggie Harper ... John's Mother
Rick Leckinger ... Photographer
Brian Richards ... Crowd Member #1
Vernon Pribble ... Crowd Member #2
Anita Schiller ... Crowd Member #3
Norman Forsey ... Old Sailor
John Brazier ... Suva Boat Captain
James Vannaisingham ... Suva Customs Officer #1
George Sabbage ... Suva Customs Officer #2
Christian Davis ... Suva Missionary
Tim Holt ... Swede

Gerald R. Molen ... President Coombs (as Jerry Molen)
Glynis Paraha ... Postmistress (as Glynnis Paraha)
Nga Jonassen ... Gossip #1
Lorna Nicholas ... Gossip #2
John Paekau ... Governor
Nancy Kareroa ... Mele

Pua Magasiva ... Finau
Mary Taio ... Lita
Josia Taio ... Lita's Father
Fofonga Taio ... Lita's Mother
Mona Taio ... Lita's Sister
Turara Pekepo ... Old Man
Taua Benioni ... Lavania's Father
Natiti Pere Eti ... Sincere Mourner #1
Tereapii Enua ... Sincere Mourner #2
Maria Maurangi ... Goldtooth
Ben Daniel ... Nuku
Sharon Brothers ... Nuku's Mother
Tearoa Ngaro ... Tomasi's Wife
Hula Carnahan ... Tomasi's Daughter
Tumupu Tumupu ... Finau's Father

Stig Eldred ... Rich Yacht Owner
Fraley Cerutti ... Crew Member #1
Mike Nilsen ... Crew Member #2
Nooroa Anitonia ... Girl's Mother #1
Ititau Mare ... Girl's Mother #2
Vaine Wichman ... Finau's Mother
Mata George ... Audience Member
Ben Tuteru ... Sione

John Sumner ... President Stone
Louisa Teite ... Elderly Woman
Vivian Tuteru ... Child #3
Paula Keenan ... Sister Stone
Sope Carnahan ... Old Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Barker ... Band Singer (uncredited)
John H. Groberg ... Wedding Photographer (uncredited)
Daniel Lucas ... John Groberg's Younger Brother (uncredited)

Directed by
Mitch Davis 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mitch Davis 
John H. Groberg  book "In the Eye of the Storm"

Produced by
Tim Coddington .... co-producer
Mitch Davis .... executive producer
John Garbett .... producer
Gerald R. Molen .... producer
Steven Ramirez .... associate producer
David Shoshan .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kevin Kiner 
 
Cinematography by
Brian J. Breheny 
 
Film Editing by
Steven Ramirez 
 
Casting by
Christina Asher 
 
Production Design by
Rick Kofoed 
 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Davis 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Darragh 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Krehl .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tim Coddington .... unit production manager
John Garbett .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vanessa Rare .... second assistant director
Tony Simpson .... first assistant director: second unit
Amand Weaver .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Christopher Halligan .... carpenter
Carey Johnson .... art dept co-ordinator
Jon Lithgow .... art department runner
Paulo Alegria .... graphic designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ray Beentjes .... adr editor
Ray Beentjes .... dialogue editor
Gethin Creagh .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Hannah .... boom operator
Mark Hinkley .... sound utility
Robyn McFarlane .... foley recordist
Polly McKinnon .... assistant sound editor
Carolyn McLaughlin .... foley artist
Tim Prebble .... sound designer
Mike Westgate .... sound mixer
Dave Whitehead .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Dean Clarke .... special effects technician
Jason Durey .... special effects supervisor
Oliver Gee .... special effects assistant
Carl Krehl .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Dave Asling .... model shop supervisor
Steve Avoujageli .... technical director
Dave Axford .... visual effects production manager
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor
Mike Borrett .... visual effects producer
Dan Brooks .... model builder
Joshua Chaiton .... visual effects producer
Debora Dunphy .... digital compositor
John Gajdecki .... visual effects supervisor
Aruna Inversin .... digital compositor
Christine Kowbuz .... model builder
Sarah Norton .... digital compositor
Christine Petrov .... digital compositor
Kennedy Shah .... motion control programmer
Betty Shaw .... systems administrator: GVFX
Joel Skeete .... lead compositor
Dan Trezise .... digital compositor: GVFX
Martin Wilk .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Allan Poppleton .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dion Hartley .... underwater grip
Brenden Holster .... first assistant camera
Luke Thomas .... focus puller: "a" camera
Martin Turner .... director of photography: second unit (as Martin J.K. Turner)
 
Casting Department
Christina Asher .... casting: New Zealand
Gretchen Rennell .... casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Rushton .... key costume stand-by
 
Music Department
James Fitzpatrick .... music contractor
 
Other crew
Troy Benjamin .... office runner
Wynter Blathwayt .... title designer
Birgitta Nilsson .... assistant coordinator
Amand Weaver .... body double
Amand Weaver .... stand-in
 
Thanks
Alan Rast .... special thanks
Paul K. Woolley .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements and brief disturbing images
Runtime:
113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | DTS (Dolby 5.1)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John H. Groberg really did isolate himself to study the Bible for four days in order to improve his Tongan. In reality, he studied in the bush instead of on the beach.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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: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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Singles 2nd Ward (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rip it UpSee more »

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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Powerfully moving story, 14 August 2004
Author: deandrake

First of all I wanted to say that if you watched the movie and walked away from it without feeling emotionally moved (in a positive way) you might be emotionally dead. Even if you don't believe in the miracles that occurred in the film, you can appreciate the poignant message behind the story of a young man and his struggles to help the people he fell in love with. I sense that there are a number of "Mormon-phobics" that ended up "getting lured into" seeing this movie somehow and end up screaming "Propaganda!" It's actually quite amusing that these people are so afraid of this religion that they make such unreasonably absurd efforts to avoid anything to do with the religion or people who are members of it. The religious doctrine in this movie was portrayed in such a benign manner that it is nearly indiscernible.

It's kind of like saying that "The Sound of Music" was Catholic propaganda (although some antagonists will probably feel that way anyway).

This movie was deeply moving and it was one of the few movies that had the effect of permanently affecting me in a positive way. If you're looking for the usual Hollywood style of over-embellishing a story to the point of making it unbelievable, or trying to concentrate on some spectacular story line or special effects you'd probably best move on to the fiction section and leave this one alone. This is a real story about real people with real feelings - written and produced for real people.

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