Monday, March 25, 2013

The Other Side of Heaven 2002

     John Groberg is a middle class farm teen from Idaho Falls.   Soon after high school graduation, he crosses the Pacific to become a Mormon missionary in the Tongan island kingdom during the 50’s.  Left behind are his loving family and the true love of his life, Jean.  The letters between John and Jean over the three years keep each other going during his absence.  His spirits are raised by her letters, he shares his adventures with the area, language barrier, community and physical hardships.
     This is good, John almost dies after a severe storm wipes out their food supplies until a ship can make a delivery.  A very exotic landscape but difficult living environment.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

113 min, Adventure directed by Mitch Davis with Christopher Gorham, Anne Hathaway, Joe Foley, Nathaniel Lees, Miriama Smith, Alvin Fitisemanu.  

Note:  Blockbuster 3 1/2*, imdb 6.3 out of 10,  29% critic 71% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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