The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain Movie Review Summary

Actors: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney, Ian McNeice, Kenneth Griffith

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This story took place in a small Welsh village during the darkest days of World War 1. The village is quite proud of the idea that they live in the shadow of the "First Mountain in Wales". That idea is rudely challenged by two English cartographers (map makers) who roll into town to "measure the mountain." The villagers are scandalized when they hear the mountain will only appear on His Majesty's maps if it is over 1000 feet high.
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The measurement is taken and a crisis is at hand. The "mountain" is only 984 feet tall - a hill. The hated English had taken everything else and now, now! they had taken thier treasured mountain. What to do?

What follows is a camp, almost sit-com like adventure. The villagers, under the direction of the innkeeper, Morgan the Goat, conspire to prevent the Englishmen from leaving town while the local Reverend Jones leads an effort to pile 20 feet of earth on top of the "hill", thus making it legitimately a mountain.

This forms the backdrop against which a romance develops between Anson, one of the English Cartographers, and Betty, a very pretty local girl coerced by Morgan into trying to seduce the Englishmen. Anson is naive enough not to take her up on this, which leaves the two of them free to honestly fall in love.

The review of this Movie prepared by Dave Wilke

In 1917, while the Great War rages on the continent, two English cartographers travel to the South Wales village of Ffynnon Garw to measure the height of their beloved mountain. English government rules say a prominent landmark must be at least 1,000 feet in elevation to qualify as a mountain, and after taking proper measurements, the visiting experts inform the villagers their "mountain" is only a hill. The outraged townspeople decide they have to fix this problem, which means stalling the English visitors from leaving until they can find a solution. They find various ways to do this, including capturing young cartographer Reginald Anson (Grant)'s eye with delectable village girl Betty (Fitzgerald). Grant had already made a dozen films before this one, including "Four Weddings," "The Remains of the Day," and "Bitter Moon," but he still seems young and early in his career in this 1995 film, which, though slight, is relaxed, charming, and eccentric.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Comedy or Parody about    -   rednecks! How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   govt employee Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing

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