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The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 May 1995 (USA)
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When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Reginald Anson
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Elizabeth aka Betty from Cardiff
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Morgan the Goat
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George Garrad
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Johnny Shellshocked (Jones)
Kenneth Griffith ...
Reverend Jones
Tudor Vaughan ...
Thomas Twp
Hugh Vaughan ...
Thomas Twp Too
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Williams the Petroleum
Robert Blythe ...
Ivor
Garfield Morgan ...
Davies the School
Lisa Palfrey ...
Blod Jones
Dafydd Wyn Roberts ...
Tommy Twostroke
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Sgt. Thomas
Anwen Williams ...
Mavis
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Storyline

Two English cartographers visit the small South Wales village of Ffynnon Garw, to measure what is claimed to be the "first mountain inside of Wales". It's 1917, and the war in Europe continues. The villagers are very proud of their "mountain", and are understandably disappointed and furious to find that it is in fact a "hill". Not to be outwitted by a rule (and the Englishmen who enforce it), the villagers set out to make their hill into a mountain, but to do so they must keep the English from leaving, before the job is done. Written by Rob Hartill

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mountain | hill | wales | welsh | 1910s | See more »

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A romantic comedy about a town that wouldn't give up. A man who couldn't get out. And the mountain that brought them together.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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12 May 1995 (USA)  »

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The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain  »

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£643,264 (UK) (11 August 1995)
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Trivia

It took quite a long time to find a filming location that could pass for Taff's Well in 1910; the original location (where the true story came from), to the north of Cardiff, now has several large wind turbines and electricity pylons prominently placed, and the village is surrounded by a modern industrial estate. See more »

Goofs

The Bristol Channel should be visible from the hill. Also missing is the Taff River and Castell Coch. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: For some odd reason, lost in the mists of time, there's an extraordinary shortage of last names in Wales. Almost everyone seems to be a Williams, a Jones, or an Evans. To avoid widespread confusion, Welsh people often add an occupation to a name. For example, there was Williams the Petroleum, and Williams the Death. There was Jones the Bottle, and Jones the Prize Cabbage... which described his hobby and his personality. Evans the Bacon, and Evans the End of the World. But one man's...
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Dedicated to the memory of Peter Shaw. See more »

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Referenced in VeggieTales: King George and the Ducky (2000) See more »

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Men of Harlech
The Gwalia Male Voice Choir, London
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Well, I'm going to break the tie-- I vote YES.
10 January 1999 | by (Redmond, WA) – See all my reviews

Of the two comments so far, one is for, one against. Can't let that stand! I loved this movie. Not boring at all. Loved Hugh Grant (much better than in 4W&aFuneral). Loved EVERYBODY, even the dour surveyor. The humor is so subtle and insidious, the acting so underdone, the writing so sparkling, the plot so effervescently predictable in macro, but not in micro. The film score is wonderful, too, using as it does actual Welsh melodies rearranged into big 'movie soundtrack' full orchestration. And has there ever been a more beautiful cinematographic masterstroke than the torches on the mountain at sunset? I think not!


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