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

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.

Original Title : Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The
Director : Christopher Monger
Writer : Ivor Monger
Christopher Monger
Genre : Comedy
Romance
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Sarah Curtis , Sally Hibbin , Robert Jones , Paul Sarony , Bob Weinstein , Harvey Weinstein
Music : Stephen Endelman
Photography : Vernon Layton
MPAA Rating : Rated PG for mild language.
IMDB ID : 0112966
Official site : http://www.miramax.com/pls/front_con/mp.entryPoint?action=2&midStr=348
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Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The (1995) - Christopher Monger
 

Starring

Hugh Grant Reginald Anson
Tara Fitzgerald Betty
Colm Meaney Morgan the Goat
Ian McNeice George Garrad
Ian Hart Johnny Shellshocked (Jones
Kenneth Griffith Rev. Robert Jones
Tudor Vaughan Thomas Twp
Hugh Vaughan Thomas Twp Too
Robert Pugh Williams the Petroleum
Robert Blythe Ivor the Grocer
Garfield Morgan Davies the School
Lisa Palfrey Blod Jones
Dafydd Wyn Roberts Tommy Twostrokes
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
Nicholas McGaughey .... Opening and Closing Narration voice
 

Plot

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 dissapointed 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.
 

Comments

a little known gem of a comedy 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 - ThomasTwp 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 asleepy 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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