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The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)

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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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Christopher Monger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kenneth Griffith ... Reverend Jones
Tudor Vaughan Tudor Vaughan ... Thomas Twp
Hugh Vaughan Hugh Vaughan ... Thomas Twp Too
Robert Pugh ... Williams the Petroleum
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Ivor
Garfield Morgan ... Davies the School
Lisa Palfrey ... Blod Jones
Dafydd Wyn Roberts Dafydd Wyn Roberts ... Tommy Twostroke
Ieuan Rhys ... Sgt. Thomas
Anwen Williams 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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Gyrn Moelfre, Powys, Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,904,930
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Production Co:

Miramax,Parallax Pictures See more »
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The Bristol Channel should be visible from the hill. Also missing is the Taff River and Castell Coch. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

  • Thomas Twp ........ Tudor Vaughan
  • Thomas Twp Too (or the other way round) ........ Hugh Vaughan
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Alternate Versions

The US Home video version runs 96 minutes and has the notice "edited for content" at the beginning. It is rated PG. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Ship (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Men of Harlech
The Gwalia Male Voice Choir, London
(sung in Welsh)
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Highly favorable review
25 May 2000 | by fidomusic-2See all my reviews

A delightful, hugely underrated romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant. It's a crime that one of Hugh Grant's best films is hardly ever mentioned in interviews with him or articles about him, and is usually only listed in complete listings of Grant's films. Written and directed by Christopher Monger, and based on a (true?) story told to him by his grandfather, the film is set in rural South Wales during World War One. The story centers around two surveyors, one played by Grant, sent to map the terrain of South Wales. Using a village as a base, the surveyors redefine a local mountain as a hill, causing much consternation among the villagers. The villagers engage in devious activities to keep the surveyors in the village, while they literally add height to the hill to make it a mountain. Hugh Grant is on top form as the shy and inarticulate surveyor, and is helped by an excellent supporting cast. Beautiful cinematography and appropriately celtic music are icing on the cake of this thoroughly enjoyable film. Like "Local Hero", "The Englishman" is made in the style of the British Ealing comedies of the forties, and in this reviewers opinion, captures even more successfully the spirit of a small rural village taking on and beating the system.


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