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?


When Williams the Petroleum breaks a piece of the Englishmen's car and pretends to discover it, he says he doesn't know the English name for it, but in Welsh it's called a "beth-yn-galw." "Beth-yn-galw" translates more or less to "whatchamacallit". 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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Dedicated to the memory of Peter Shaw. See more »


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Men of Harlech
The Gwalia Male Voice Choir, London
(sung in Welsh)
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Hugh Grant - A Fine Comedy Actor
24 January 1999 | by (Cardiff,Wales) – See all my reviews

The Englishman....has just been shown again here in Cardiff. The cinema was packed yet again. The story is based on a story about a small place north of Cardiff. A lovely film indeed.The type of film I'm sure will be shown on BBC2 on Sunday afternoons for many years. The script was both moving and very funny and Hugh Grant shows that he is indeed a fine comedy actor.Tara Fitzgerald was very sexy as Betty and I also enjoyed the performances of Kenneth Griffith,Robert Pugh,Ieuan Rhys,Lisa Palfrey and Ian Hart. There is so much violence in the cinema these days it was so nice to enjoy a film with all my family. I hope to watch it again soon on video.

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