The Other Side Of Heaven

Buena Vista (2001)
Drama, Adventure, Documentary, Action, Biography
USA | English | Color | 1h 53min

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.

Cast View all

Anne Hathaway Jean Sabin
Nathaniel Lees Kelepi
Christopher Gorham John Groberg
Miriama Smith Lavania
John Barker Band Singer
Paki Cherrington Minister
Joe Folau Feki
Peter Sa'ena Brown Kuli
Alvin Fitisemanu Tomasi
Peter Sa'ena Brown Kuli
John Brazier Suva Boat Captain
Apii McKinley Noli
Whetu Fala Asi
Sharon Brothers Nuku's Mother
Tau Benioni Lavania's Father

Crew View all

Director Mitch Davis
Writer Mitch Davis, John H. Groberg
Producer Steven Ramirez, Mitch Davis, Gerald R. Molen, John Garbett, Tim Coddington
Photography Brian J. Breheny
Musician Kevin Kiner


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