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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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a well-made film See more (83 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
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements and brief disturbing images
Runtime:
113 min
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Dolby Digital | DTS (Dolby 5.1)
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Trivia:
The hut is an authentic replica of the one that John and Feki actually lived in. It was re-created from photographs.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:There is a connection between heaven and earth. Finding that connection gives meaning to everything, including death. Losing that connection makes everything lose meaning, including life.See more »
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
a well-made film, 20 December 2001

Considering that this movie was neither made by, nor endorsed by, the LDS church, The Other Side of Heaven is an endearing, uplifting movie that celebrates and pays respect to Mormon missionaries without going too deep into LDS philosophy or beliefs. Produced in part by the same producer who brought us such cinematic gems as Schindler's List and Jurassic Park, Heaven is refreshingly devoid of many "blockbuster"-style elements and is a very low-key presentation of a young man's struggle to survive, adapt, and succeed in a world far far away from his familiar hometown in Idaho.

In the early 1950's Elder John Groberg from Idaho Falls accepts a call to serve a three-year LDS mission to Tonga. Although he is thrilled and dedicated to his mission call, he is understandably concerned about leaving Jean, the love of his life, in Utah for fear that she will marry somebody else. Yet his faith and determination to do what he believes is right are shown throughout this movie as his motivation to stay through the hardships, the loneliness, and the difficulties that are faced during his mission.

The Other Side of Heaven is essentially a chronicle of Elder Groberg's true life mission. At times spiritual, humorous, frightening, and uplifting, the movie is a tribute to a young man who faced overwhelming odds and setbacks to continually overcome some of the most difficult situations ever beset a young missionary. Throughout the film, Elder Groberg's letters to Jean and her letters back to him keep the film centered on it's true message, that of a man out of place . . . loving where he is, but wishing at the same time, to be home with the others that he loves. And it is this internal struggle which, I am sure, has been faced by every other missionary in history, that gives the movie its depth and emotional quality.

My only criticism of the movie comes from the very brief explanation of the traditions and culture surrounding LDS missionaries and the way in which they receive their calls. For those who are familiar with LDS missions, this should be no problem, but for those viewers who have not been exposed to the process of a Mormon mission, the first 15 or 20 minutes may seem a bit confusing. There is another bit of Mormon tradition which is very poorly explained, but I can't tell you what it is without giving away a fairly poignant moment of the film's ending.

Nevertheless, The Other Side of Heaven is not just a Mormon movie. It is a movie that can be enjoyed and appreciated by people of all faiths (and even those of no faith). Because in the final analysis, this is a movie about the triumph of the spirit and the joys and rewards of fighting for, and doing something, you truly believe in.

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