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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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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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Gross USA:

$10,904,930
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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 The Cinema Snob: Geek Maggot Bingo (2011) 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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