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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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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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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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Gross USA:

$10,904,930
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Elevations of climbable mountains weren't then and aren't now determined by triangulation to known landmarks; it would have been done by "spirit levelling," which is, more or less, a local measuring of one's vertical change along a path from an already established elevation which, in turn, is ultimately tied to sea level. Elevations determined by sightings to remote landmarks, as in this film, would be very imprecise because of atmospheric refraction. Indeed, if such a technique could have worked, the hill elevation could already have been determined by measurements from the supposed reference landmarks. A resurvey of a hill that might have turned it into a mountain would have been a differential measurement. The surveyor would only have had to measure the elevation change between a nearby point that he had already passed through on the way to the summit, and the modified summit. 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

References Sirens (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Men of Harlech
The Gwalia Male Voice Choir, London
(sung in Welsh)
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a little known gem of a comedy
27 March 2001 | by bahrom1See all my reviews

Most people I've asked about this movie have never heard about it and I think it's a real shame. Set against picturesque background of Welsh countryside and leisurely paced this movie totally won me over with its gentle humor and its colorful and beautifully developed characters. I'm not a big fan of Hugh Grant but here he performs quite well. Besides he is not what makes this movie work.

I just love all the supporting characters - Thomas Twp and Tara Fitzgerald as Betty and of course the pair of local archnemesis Rev. Jones and Morgan the Goat. I've seen Colm Meany in a few movies and on TV (I think he plays in one of the Star Treck series) and I've never thought much about him as an actor but he is simply hilarious as Morgan.

So what is this movie about? There isn't much of a plot so without giving anything away I'll just say that it's about a sleepy Welsh village coming together for a noble cause. What's the cause and would you find it noble?

Watch the movie and judge for yourself.


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