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

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

Christopher Monger (1995)

95min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

Two English cartographers arrive in Wales in 1917 to measure a local community's beloved mountain - and conclude that it is in fact a hill. However, the outraged townsfolk refuse to accept the decision, and set about distracting the researchers long enough to add a few more feet to the summit. Comedy drama, starring Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney, Ian Hart and Ian McNeice.

Cast & 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
Blod Lisa Palfrey
Davies the School Garfield Morgan
Grandfather Jack Walters
Thomas the Trains Howell Evans
Thomas Twp Tudor Vaughn
Director Christopher Monger
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UK Guidance: Some swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy Drama

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