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

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


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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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.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anglez, ki je sel na hrib in se vrnil z gore  »

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$10,904,930 (USA)

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Selected for the "Un certain Regard" section (Cannes International Film Festival, May 1995) See more »


Betty asks Reginald why he isn't at the front and he replies that he was, at Verdun. The Battle of Verdun involved the German and French armies, so it is most unlikely that he was there. It is more reasonable to suppose that he was involved in the Battle of the Somme, both of which were fought during 1916. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Ship (1996) See more »


Men of Harlech
The Gwalia Male Voice Choir, London
(sung in Welsh)
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Highly favorable review
25 May 2000 | by (Northampton, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

A delightful, hugely underrated romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant. It's a crime that one of Hugh Grant's best films is hardly ever mentioned in interviews with him or articles about him, and is usually only listed in complete listings of Grant's films. Written and directed by Christopher Monger, and based on a (true?) story told to him by his grandfather, the film is set in rural South Wales during World War One. The story centers around two surveyors, one played by Grant, sent to map the terrain of South Wales. Using a village as a base, the surveyors redefine a local mountain as a hill, causing much consternation among the villagers. The villagers engage in devious activities to keep the surveyors in the village, while they literally add height to the hill to make it a mountain. Hugh Grant is on top form as the shy and inarticulate surveyor, and is helped by an excellent supporting cast. Beautiful cinematography and appropriately celtic music are icing on the cake of this thoroughly enjoyable film. Like "Local Hero", "The Englishman" is made in the style of the British Ealing comedies of the forties, and in this reviewers opinion, captures even more successfully the spirit of a small rural village taking on and beating the system.

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