The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain

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A proud Welsh community finds their civic pride and sense of community threatened by a team of surveyors in this charmingly eccentric comedy. Reginald Anson Hugh Grant and George Garrard Ian McNeice are a pair of British cartographers with Her Majesty's Ordinance Survey Office, who arrive in the small Welsh town of Ffynnon Garw, where, thanks to a linguistic quirk stemming from the British domination of Wales, many of the citizens in this town lack proper surnames and instead are identified by occupations or ...
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A proud Welsh community finds their civic pride and sense of community threatened by a team of surveyors in this charmingly eccentric comedy. Reginald Anson Hugh Grant and George Garrard Ian McNeice are a pair of British cartographers with Her Majesty's Ordinance Survey Office, who arrive in the small Welsh town of Ffynnon Garw, where, thanks to a linguistic quirk stemming from the British domination of Wales, many of the citizens in this town lack proper surnames and instead are identified by occupations or personal characteristics, such as Ivor the Grocer Robert Blythe or Johnny Shellshocked Ian Hart. The town's greatest pride and most prominent landmark is a mountain named, like the town, Ffynnon Garw, which they claim is the first mountain in Wales, and which helped protect the village from any number of Romans, Saxons, Norsemen, and other foreign invaders over the centuries. However, Reginald and George have some bad news for the townsfolk: under British law, a land mass must be at least 1,000 feet tall to qualify as a mountain, and according to their measurements, Ffynnon Garw comes in at only 930 feet, making it just a big hill. The citizens are shocked, insulted, and angry, and after much debate and careful measuring, Anson and Garrard conclude that they did shortchange Ffynnon Garw, but the most generous estimate still puts it at only 984 feet. Convinced that the town's honor and reputation is at stake thanks to these meddling Englishmen, the good people of Ffynnon Garw hatch a plan by which they will add fifteen feet to their "hill;" meanwhile, the easily befuddled Anson finds himself falling under the romantic spell of a beautiful but firm-willed local woman, Betty of Cardiff Tara Fitzgerald. Believe it or not, this seemingly fanciful comedy was actually based on a true story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • UPC: 096009760298
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Grant Reginald Anson
Tara Fitzgerald Betty of Cardiff
Colm Meaney Morgan the Goat
Ian McNeice George Garrad
Ian Hart Johnny Shellschocked
Kenneth Griffith Rev. Robert Jones
Robert Elson
Hugh Vaughn Thomas Twp, Too
Robert Pugh Williams the Petroleum
Robert Blythe Ivor the Grocer
Garfield Morgan Davies the School
David Lloyd Meredith Jones the JP
Jack Walters Grandfather
Technical Credits
Christopher Monger Director, Screenwriter
Chris Lowe Art Director
Sarah Curtis Producer
David Daniels [countertenor] Art Director, Asst. Director
Stephen Endelman Score Composer, Songwriter
Charles Garrad Production Designer
Michelle Guish Casting
Sally Hibbin Executive Producer
Vernon Layton Cinematographer
Dave Martin Editor
George Richards Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Paul Sarony Associate Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Janty Yates Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
1. An Epic Story [8:03]
2. Seeking Assistance [4:27]
3. The Summit [6:13]
4. Historical Measurement [7:11]
5. Raise the Mountain [7:10]
6. Car Trouble [9:48]
7. An Emergency [5:12]
8. Betty Arrives [4:43]
9. Rain Delay [8:14]
10. Killing Time [6:28]
11. Last Chance [4:12]
12. A Special Sunday [4:34]
13. Second Measurement [7:27]
14. Fate [6:24]
15. A Mountain Indeed [5:33]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    This is an outstanding movie with richly developed characters th

    This is an outstanding movie with richly developed characters that will really capture you.  Also great to have a story that centers around a different kind of work rather than a typical business based story

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining way to teach history

    This charming story is a sly way to teach quite a bit about some recent history of a community without being obvious that it is teaching you anything at all. The characters are interesting and you find yourself wanting to see what they will all do next and before you know it, their history becomes something you care about as well. You go into it without knowing that any such place or the Welsh exist at all and through the course of the storytelling, you find that it has made you want to go there yourself.

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    Posted January 9, 2010

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