The Englishman Who Went up a Hill, but Came down a Mountain

  • PG
  • Christopher Monger (1995)
  • UK
  • 95 min
The Englishman Who Went up a Hill, but Came down a Mountain
Film Review
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3 out of 5

After his egomaniacal role in An Awfully Big Adventure, Hugh Grant returned to the persona he does best - mildly bumbling Englishness - for this engaging slice of whimsy, which harks back (a little optimistically, it must be said) to the Ealing comedies of old. Grant plays a cartographer who is called upon to rule on whether a Welsh village's beloved landmark is a hill or a mountain; the canny locals are determined it's the latter and proceed to run rings around the hapless Grant. The plot is about as slight as the slope in question, but the talented playing of the cast (Tara FitzGerald, Colm Meaney, Ian Hart) makes it a modest treat.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Tara FitzGerald. South Wales, 1917: two English cartographers cause a stir in the village of Ffynnon Garw when they decree that the local summit is not high enough to qualify as a mountain.

Cast and crew


Reginald Anson
Hugh Grant
Betty of Cardiff
Tara FitzGerald
Morgan the Goat
Colm Meaney
Johnny Shellshocked
Ian Hart
Reverend Jones
Kenneth Griffith
George Garrad
Ian McNeice
Ivor the Grocer
Robert Blythe
Williams the Petroleum
Robert Pugh
Lisa Palfrey
Davies the School
Garfield Morgan
Jack Walters
Thomas the Trains
Howell Evans
Thomas Twp
Tudor Vaughn


Christopher Monger

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista International UK
Some swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG