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.


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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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12 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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£643,264 (UK) (11 August 1995)

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Did You Know?


Despite the implication in the film, and the real-life local legend, the story is fiction. Historians have determined that the mound at the summit of Garth Mountain (the inspiration for the movie) is a Bronze Age burial mound. In 1999, local officials and the History Society placed a sign on the mountain, telling the many climbers who've been coming there because of the movie's popularity of the site's real significance - and warning that they face two years in prison if they disturb the burial mound. See more »


Garrad says that he has been surveying for 25 years but at one point mentions surveying in 1888, which would have been 28 years before. 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 The Fast Show: Oh (1996) See more »


Men of Harlech
The Gwalia Male Voice Choir, London
(sung in Welsh)
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Simply Nice Feel-Good Film
16 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very pleasant surprise, a nice movie with one of the simplest "plots" you'll ever see yet one that was fun to watch develop.

There are no nasty characters. They aren't all goody-goodies, either, but they're all interesting people to watch. The story is simply about a pair of cartographers (map makers) who measure a "hill" in Wales and much to the displeasure of the locals, it isn't tall enough to be considered a mountain, which is what the townsfolk always considered it. So, the locals work together to build it up so it will qualify to be officially labeled a mountain. Sounds simple and even stupid, but it isn't. Along the way, a romance buds between Hugh Grant and Tara Fitzgerald. There also is some nice cinematography in here.

Some might find it boring but I didn't. There was just something about this, a charm that made me feel good as I watched it and had me smiling even more by the end. This is a "sleeper," a movie you might pass up..... but don't.

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