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   THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL (1995) 

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CAST
Hugh Grant
Tara Fitzgerald
Colm Meaney
Ian McNeice
Ian Hart
Kenneth Griffith
Tudor Vaughan
Hugh Vaughan
Robert Pugh
Robert Blythe

DIRECTED BY
Christopher Monger

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 99 mins.
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy/Romance


SYNOPSIS: When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that.

BOTTOM LINE: Grant puts his bumbling charm to good use in this small town vs. the mountain affair. Released in between his two bigger successes – FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL and SENSE & SENSIBILITY – this film is greatly helped by his charisma and comic timing. The plot centers on the arrival of two English surveyors to a tiny Wales hamlet who have come to measure their local mountain. Their presence is initially met with great excitement by the locals who generally have nothing more to do than wait for the war (WWI) to end. The townspeople are thrilled their mountain is going to make it on the map.

Unfortunately their pleasure quickly turns to horror when their towering hill fails to measure up. What ensues is a classic comedy of errors as the townspeople put aside their differences to ensure the future glory of their town and mountain. They do everything in their power to keep the surveyors in town while making a mountain out of a hill. In the course of the endeavor, some find love, some redemption and one freedom from fear. It's a quaint, heart-warming story that's both funny and inspirational. It's also supposedly true, if that means anything. Meaney makes the most of his role as the town ne'er-do-well, complementing Grant's uptightness perfectly. A pleasant cinema experience, if not exactly overly memorable.




Rev. Robert Jones: "Have you no shame?"
Morgan the Goat: "No...I can't think where I've left it!"


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