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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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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 | topography | 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)  »

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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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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[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
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A gentle, affectionate portrait of a village in Wales
31 March 1999 | by (Sussex, UK) – See all my reviews

This film is a gentle, affectionate portrait of a village in Wales, its people and its Mountain. Within the village, there are long standing feuds and traditions. Then, two Englishmen arrive with a job to do and history is made. It may or may not be based on a real Welsh village. The writer and many of the names in the credits have Welsh sounding names. The scenery is beautiful and the characters are delightfully observed. It is a piece set at the time of the First World War. It has echoes of Under Milk Wood, of The Shooting Party, and of Clochemerle. Kenneth Griffith was memorable in Clochemerle and plays the Reverend Jones in this film. At first, Hugh Grant seems to be playing yet another floppy haired, romantic hero, but as the film unfolds, there is greater depth to his character. The harsh reality of mining is simply portrayed and we are reminded of the heightened need for coal in wartime. The Great War itself casts a shadow over the whole village, making the film poignant and touching.


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