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12 May 1995 (USA) See more »
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.
When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A gentle, affectionate portrait of a village in Wales See more (76 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Grant ... Reginald Anson

Tara Fitzgerald ... Elizabeth aka Betty from Cardiff

Colm Meaney ... Morgan the Goat

Ian McNeice ... George Garrad

Ian Hart ... Johnny Shellshocked (Jones)
Kenneth Griffith ... Reverend Jones
Tudor Vaughan ... Thomas Twp
Hugh Vaughan ... Thomas Twp Too

Robert Pugh ... Williams the Petroleum
Robert Blythe ... Ivor
Garfield Morgan ... Davies the School

Lisa Palfrey ... Blod Jones
Dafydd Wyn Roberts ... Tommy Twostroke

Ieuan Rhys ... Sgt. Thomas
Anwen Williams ... Mavis
David Lloyd Meredith ... Jones the JP
Fraser Cains ... Evans the End of the World
Jack Walters ... Grandfather
Harry Kretchmer ... Young Boy
Howell Evans ... Thomas the Trains
Maisie McNeice ... Girl in classroom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas McGaughey ... Narrator (voice)

Rock Salt ... Villager (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Monger 
Writing credits
Ifor David Monger (story)

Christopher Monger 

Produced by
Sarah Curtis .... producer
Sally Hibbin .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Scott Maitland .... associate producer
Paul Sarony .... associate producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephen Endelman 
Cinematography by
Vernon Layton 
Film Editing by
David Martin 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
Production Design by
Charles Garrad 
Art Direction by
Chris Lowe 
Set Decoration by
Liz Griffiths 
Costume Design by
Janty Yates 
Makeup Department
Joceline Andrews .... makeup artist
Michele Baylis .... makeup assistant
Kezia De Winne .... makeup designer
Susie Lawley-Wakelin .... makeup assistant
Moira Thomson .... makeup assistant
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Daniels .... first assistant director
Guy Heeley .... third assistant director
Stephen Woolfenden .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Ackrill .... dressing props
Tom Bowyer .... construction manager
Billy Bridge .... chargehand
Janna Craze .... scenic painter
David Fitzjohn .... stand-by painter
Gary Fox .... stand-by props
Alastair Gow .... stand-by carpenter (as Alistair Gow)
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Liz Griffiths .... props buyer
Robert Gurney .... construction labor
Josh Jones .... stand-by carpenter (as Joshua Jones)
Tina Jones .... assistant art director
Toby Longin .... stagehand
Mike Malik .... property master
Robert Manuel .... construction labor
Ben Pulsford .... stand-by carpenter
Gawain Rainey .... construction labor
Guy Rutter .... stand-by painter
Nick Thomas .... set dresser
Sound Department
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Loveday Harding .... boom operator
Graham Headicar .... dialogue editor
Richard King .... sound effects editor
Jacques Leroide .... adr editor (as Jaques Leroide)
Karl Mader .... sound assistant
Clive Pendry .... dubbing editor
George Richards .... sound mixer
Hugh Strain .... dubbing editor
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andy Bunce .... special effects assistant
Mervyn Loynes .... special effects supervisor
Jim Davey .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alex Bicknell .... digital effects producer
Nicholas Brooks .... visual effects
Matt Johnson .... digital compositor
Aviv Yaron .... data operator: Cinesite
Kim Libreri .... chief technology officer (uncredited)
Craig Zerouni .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Allan .... best boy
Ken Ashley-Johnson .... grip
David Budd .... camera operator
Raymond Buttons .... additional grip
Peter Chester .... electrician
John Deaton .... focus puller: second unit
Kathy Friend .... clapper loader: second unit
Finn Hardaker .... camera trainee
Ossie Jung .... gaffer
Eddie McCarthy .... electrician
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator
Jan Pester .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Pinnock .... focus puller: second unit
Richie Raith .... additional grip
Alan Rank .... additional grip
Ian Rice .... electrician
George Richmond .... clapper loader
Neil Robertson .... clapper loader: second unit
Chyna Thomson .... first assistant camera
Mark Tillie .... still photographer
Bill Vanderkris .... crane grip
Casting Department
Sarah Beardsall .... casting: Wales
Gaynor Richfield .... casting assistant: Wales
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christian Motta .... costumer
John Norster .... wardrobe coordinator
Amanda Trewin .... costumer: Mr. Grant
Editorial Department
Liz Green .... first assistant editor
Liz Roe .... second assistant editor (as Elizabeth Roe)
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Christopher John Lee .... assistant location manager
Sally Morgan .... location manager
Music Department
Francesca Adair .... music assistant
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Stephen Endelman .... conductor: score
Stephen Endelman .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... conductor: orchestra
Todd Kasow .... music editor
James Nichols .... score recordist (as James P. Nichols)
Other crew
Lucy Amor .... floor runner
Hilary Benson .... production coordinator
Lesley Campion .... cashier
Elinor Day .... script editor
Penny Dyer .... dialogue coach
Karin Fermor .... stand-in: Tara Fitsgerald
Cherry Fiddaman .... production accountant
George Higgins .... stand-in: Mr. Meaney
Floriane Mathieu .... press attache: France
Susie Menzies .... production secretary
Matthew Morris .... floor runner
Sara Morris .... production runner
S. Shane Newell .... production executive
Mary Norden .... garden design
Tim Prosser .... rushes runner
Robert Rhys-Jones .... floor runner
Steve Ricard .... stand-in: Mr. Grant
Annie Simpson .... continuity (as Ann Simpson)
Roberta Taylor .... drama coach
Keith Thompson .... helicopter pilot
Andrew Jack .... dialect coach: Colm Meaney (uncredited)

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Rated PG for mild language
99 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

It took quite a long time to find a filming location that could pass for Taff's Well in 1910; the original location (where the true story came from), to the north of Cardiff, now has several large wind turbines and electricity pylons prominently placed, and the village is surrounded by a modern industrial estate.See more »
Continuity: 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...
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A gentle, affectionate portrait of a village in Wales, 31 March 1999
Author: Steve & Caroline Metcalfe from Sussex, UK

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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