The Other Side of Heaven

"Good"

The Other Side of Heaven Review


It;s a nice change of pace to see a Mormon film that doesn't completely rely on bad actors and a trite story of naive missionaries in the urban jungle. In Mitch Davis's The Other Side of Heaven, his naive missionary is sent to the real Jungle, a tiny set of islands on the outskirts of the Tongan chain of islands, where he doesn't know the language, doesn't have any support from Utah, and is beaten down by bad weather and exotic illnesses. Based on a true story from the 1950s, this is a lush film filled with good performances, particularly from the natives, who support John Groberg well throughout. Davis wisely keeps the focus relatively lean when it comes to Mormon scripture and mythology, and lets the travails of living in Tonga buttress his movie.


The Other Side of Heaven

Facts and Figures

Run time: 113 mins

In Theaters: Friday 12th April 2002

Box Office USA: $4.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $4.7M

Budget: $7M

Distributed by: Excel Entertainmen

Production compaines: 3Mark Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 30

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Mitch Davis

Producer: John Garbett, Gerald R. Molen

Starring: as John H. Groberg, as Jean Sabin

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