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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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mountain | hill | village | wales | welsh | See All (53) »


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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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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Many scenes shot on Location at Llanrheadr-ym-Mochnant where the local Pub "The Plough" features. See more »


When walking down the mountain, after the final measurement, Anson does not have the quadrant that he must have used to measure the mountain. 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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Thomas Twp........Tudor Vaughan Thomas Twp Too....Hugh Vaughan (or the other way round) See more »


References Sirens (1993) See more »


Men of Harlech
The Gwalia Male Voice Choir, London
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Charming and Original
28 February 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Those two adjectives say it all. Hugh Grant is at his best as a shy WWI era officer whose task it is to measure the mountains of Wales. He plays very well against Colm Meaney, a rogue and scoundrel who finds his better nature despite himself.

This film was crippled before an American audience because of its slow pace and long title. The humor is subdued, and often buried under accents that many moviegoers must have been unfamiliar with. But I believe this film only improves with repeated viewings. The actors do a uniformly good job, and play their characters with great heart.

The soundtrack stands out as one of the best as well. It adds to the mystery and beauty of the region and adds a unique feel to the film.

Children may find it too slow and dull, but anyone with an appreciation for a good, heartwarming story will enjoy it. I recommend it in particular to those with a love for the British Isles in general, or Wales in particular.

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