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The Other Side of Heaven
The Other Side of Heaven
Actors: Christopher Gorham, Anne Hathaway, Joe Folau, Nathaniel Lees, Miriama Smith
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
PG     2003     1hr 53min

Walt Disney Home Entertainment presents THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN, a thrilling and epic adventure starring Anne Hathaway (THE PRINCESS DIARIES) and Christopher Gorham (TV's FELICITY). When 19-year-old John Groberg (Gorham) ...  more »

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Actors: Christopher Gorham, Anne Hathaway, Joe Folau, Nathaniel Lees, Miriama Smith
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Religion
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2003
Original Release Date: 04/12/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 04/12/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 7
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from AVON PARK, FL
Reviewed on 2/8/2021...
Just an all-around great movie with romance, comedy, and drama. Some great teaching/learning moments in there too.
Wayne F. (WWIIpfc) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 5/24/2015...
It's a great story. It makes Mormanism seem Christian.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jessica V. from SARATOGA SPGS, UT
Reviewed on 3/6/2013...
This is a good movie. There are good lessons to be learned as a person with religious beliefs.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Becky W. from BOULDER, MT
Reviewed on 11/27/2012...
Excellent, excellent movie.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Not outwardly spectacular
Drex Olympus | Provo, UT USA | 01/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Working off a *very* modest budget of $7 million for a nearly two-hour film, it's no wonder there are parts of this movie where there was a definite lack of funding. The camera shots in one scene could have been better pulled off by a teenager with a camcorder, and some of the waves in the storm scene look like they're in a pool.On the other hand, though, this movie wasn't meant to be a technological marvel.This movie tells the missionary story of John H. Groberg, a Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in far-away Tonga, without knowing a lick of the language. Given only two goals (learn the language and build the kingdom), John faces many obstacles. Language barriers, a stubborn minister, storms, death, and rats. On top of all that, his girlfriend in the States, Jean, is staving off suitors, anxiously awaiting John's return 3 years hence.I really liked The Other Side of Heaven. It wasn't too preachy, but it conveyed great emotions in many of its scenes. There were a few cheesy scenes and some cliche sections, but overall the humor was clever, the plot enjoyable (and easy to follow), and emotion touching. A great movie that I hope many will be able to see."
This Side of Heaven for me.
Margaret Bauer | Hoodsport, Washington United States | 04/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"... Had I known [this movie] was about a Morman missionary in Tonga I probably would never had gone. Well, somebody up there likes me. I am glad I went.It was a beautiful story but realistic also. Having spent 3 years myself in the mission field in another culture (Alaskan native peoples) I could relate. The film had everything from humor like when the young elder gives his first speech in the language of the people. He confuses the word "Lighthouse" with "Outhouse." The audience both on screen and in the theatre laughed long and loud for that one. Serious moments too like when he prays for the child thought dead - exciting moments on the sea, hurricane, and ordinary times of prayer, fasting, and feasting. Ann Hathaway does a good job as the girl who is left back home - the faithful letter writer of 3 years. I would liked to have seen more of her in the story. The people who played the native islanders were excellent and darn near stole the show. But then it wasn't really a show to be stolen. Just a good story, that's what! However, I rest my promotion and am not ready to convert to the LDS but I did learn more about their courage and love for all of God's people. I respect that and I respect this more than adequate, gentle, and fine telling of a real young man's story."
A boy in paradise?
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is (part of) the story of one 20 year old Mormon boy's experiences while on his mission to Tonga in 1954. It is an adventure story with an emphasis on faith and personal relationships.
It may be difficult for anyone without faith to understand why John Groberg, or any other young person, would go on a mission, but if you can suspend your skepticism, you will be rewarded. The missionary came across as a little nerdy, but you can't help but cheer for his successes and pity his failures as he deals with homesickness and culture shock while trying to learn Tongan and preach.
The scenery and musical score are beautiful, and you can almost feel the humidity and bugs that go with a tropical paradise. What I found most appealing of all were the Tongans themselves. I don't know if the actors are professionals or locals or local professionals, but they gave the movie its heart.
I found the movie/story so compelling that I went out and bought the book and the CD and look forward to someday visiting that part of the world."