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John H. Groberg, a middle class kid from Idaho Falls, crosses the Pacific to become a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint 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.Written by
Mary Jane Jones
John H. Groberg really did isolate himself to study the Bible for four days in order to improve his Tongan. In reality, he studied in the bush instead of on the beach. See more »
The telegram to John Groberg uses the actual punctuation mark, the period, but also uses the word "stop." A telegram did not have punctuation marks substituting the word "stop" for the period. It would not have had both as did the telegram in the film. See more »
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.
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I was led to believe that this was a wholesome family movie about a guy stranded on a island in the south pacific...because that's what it said on the box....and that it was a DISNEY movie. i'm thinking HEY another Robinson Crusoe movie....no no no
First off....from a purely story structure point of view....the movie is slow as hell. The story has really no main tension...the main character doesn't really have an arc. it supposedly is a coming-of-age story, but honestly i was so blinded by all the mormon propaganda that the "coming-of-age" part was all but a mute point.
This movie, in a nutshell, is the tale of a Mormon missionary preaching preaching LDS and western values to this indigenous tribe on the small island of Tonga.
I mean you have all the stock "inspirational" stories in this film. There is the alcoholic who abused his wife and daughter.....the estranged girl looking for direction and love......the tribe leader looking for leadership of this own..... The hurricane that destroys a lot of the island....the rebuilding effort....the missionary almost dying....but no no....it was the powerful message of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon that pulled him through and, of course, the love of all those poor indigenous people he brainwashed as well.
Just to clear up one thing....I have NO problem with people doing and saying and believing what they want to believe.....but I HATE it being pushed on me. I was lead to believe that this was a wholesome family DISNEY film. Nowhere on the box does it say anything remotely about it being a mormon movie, or that a mormon is even in it. That is deceptive advertising at its slimiest. I mean I can respect a film like "Left Behind" a lot more, because at least it was honest about what it was...and of course wasn't distributed by a "non-biased" major hollywood studio like Disney.
So after watching it, my friends and I discovered online that one of the production companies involved in the film is a hugely funded Mormon production company. And again there is nothing wrong with that, but a.) Don't be deceitful about it and b.) why the hell did Disney pick it up for distribution in the first place? I mean what if a jewish or islamic, or any non-mormon or non-christian couple picked up the movie thinking it was good for their kids to see because it was a disney family film? What is this film saying about Disney and their values? That being deceitful and brainwashing people is a good way to get others to believe the same way you do.
If none of you believe me....rent the video.
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