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

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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
Elizabeth aka Betty from Cardiff
Morgan the Goat
George Garrad
Johnny Shellshocked (Jones)
Reverend Jones
Tudor Vaughan ...
Thomas Twp
Hugh Vaughan ...
Thomas Twp Too
Williams the Petroleum
Robert Blythe ...
Davies the School
Blod Jones
Dafydd Wyn Roberts ...
Tommy Twostroke
Sgt. Thomas
Anwen Williams ...
David Lloyd Meredith ...
Jones the JP
Fraser Cains ...
Evans the End of the World
Jack Walters ...
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

Written by

Ifor David Monger ... (story)
Christopher Monger ... ()

Produced by

Neville Cawas Bardoliwalla ... producer
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

Music by

Stephen Endelman

Cinematography by

Vernon Layton

Film Editing by

David Martin

Editorial Department

Liz Green ... first assistant editor
Liz Roe ... second assistant editor (as Elizabeth Roe)
Tom Mayclim ... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)

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
John Hand ... carpenter
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 Madert ... sound assistant (as Karl Mader)
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 / 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

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 / orchestrator
Todd Kasow ... music editor
James Nichols ... score recordist (as James P. Nichols)

Script and Continuity Department

Elinor Day ... script editor
Annie Simpson ... continuity (as Ann Simpson)

Other crew

Lucy Amor ... floor runner
Hilary Benson ... production coordinator
Lesley Campion ... cashier
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
Roberta Taylor ... drama coach
Keith Thompson ... helicopter pilot
Andrew Jack ... dialect coach: Colm Meaney (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines 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. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • L'Anglais qui gravit une colline mais descendit une montagne (France)
  • Der Engländer der auf einen Hügel stieg und von einem Berg herunterkam (Germany)
  • L'anglès que va pujar un turó però va baixar una muntanya (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El inglés que subió una colina pero bajó una montaña (Spain)
  • O Inglês que Subiu a Colina e Desceu a Montanha (Brazil)
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  • 99 min
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Budget $40,997,769 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Despite the implication in the film, and the real-life local legend, the story is fiction. Historians have determined that the mound at the summit of Garth Mountain (the inspiration for the movie) is a Bronze Age burial mound. In 1999, local officials and the History Society placed a sign on the mountain, telling the many climbers who've been coming there because of the movie's popularity of the site's real significance - and warning that they face two years in prison if they disturb the burial mound. See more »
Goofs Betty asks Reginald why he isn't at the front and he replies that he was, at Verdun. The Battle of Verdun involved the German and French armies, so it is most unlikely that he was there. It is more reasonable to suppose that he was involved in the Battle of the Somme, both of which were fought during 1916. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Crimson Tide/A Little Princess/The Perez Family/The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill/Swimming with Sharks (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Men of Harlech See more »
Crazy Credits * Thomas Twp ........ Tudor Vaughan * Thomas Twp Too (or the other way round) ........ Hugh Vaughan See more »
Quotes Johnny Shellshocked: In France, we dug trenches ten miles long. We took earth from here and made hills there. We moved entire fields. You wouldn't believe what we did. It's possible. It's just hard work.
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