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Comedy movie directed by Christopher Monger

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Gentle comedy

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The year is 1917, and two English mapmakers come to a tiny Welsh village to survey its so-called 'mountain.' With the war taking all the young men and the harsh life in the coal mines, the locals have little to be proud of except their peak, but cartographer Anson (Hugh Grant) doubts that it reaches the minimum height required to be officially deemed a mountain and may, in fact, be merely a hill. Rallied by their minister, the entire town sets about making sure it's tall enough.

This sweet and folksy comedy has a thin plot and moves at a snail's pace, but still succeeds thanks to the coziness of the village, the close bond the locals share, and Hugh Grant's boyish charms. Filmed just after "Four Weddings and a Funeral," but before he was an international star, Grant is bright, likable, and interesting and not-yet affected by his trademark stammering and eyelash-fluttering. Everything about the picturesque village seems authentic and the folksy humour is ingratiating. Enjoyable if you like character-driven films.
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review by . August 27, 2010
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Don't be put off by the title - The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain is a funny movie with a lot of soul. It's about a Welsh town that wants their local hill to be recorded as a mountain on the official cartographers' maps. So, what do they do? Pile a bunch of dirt on it until it becomes high enough to be considered a mountain!      The story is heart-warming and light-hearted at the same time. There are humorous moments (such as various plots …
review by . August 26, 2010
Don't be put off by the title - The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain is a funny movie with a lot of soul. It's about a Welsh town that wants their local hill to be recorded as a mountain on the official cartographers' maps. So, what do they do? Pile a bunch of dirt on it until it becomes high enough to be considered a mountain!    The story is heart-warming and light-hearted at the same time. There are humorous moments (such as various plots to delay the …
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Item Name: The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain; Studio: Miramax

Comedy favorite Hugh Grant (BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY) stars as a young man who offends an entire town by declaring their mountain -- a prized landmark -- to be a "hill." But soon he finds the eccentric locals, led by a witty innkeeper (Colm Meaney -- STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION) will stop at nothing to defend their honor! While the townspeople rally around their "mountain," a fiery young woman (Tara Fitzgerald -- SIRENS) charms the puzzled out-of-towner into seeing things their way! You'll be elevated by laughter as the hilarious townspeople rise to the occasion -- and the bewildered visitor stumbles into love when he least expects it!
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Director: Christopher Monger
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 12, 1995
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: September 7, 1999
Runtime: 99 minutes
Studio: Miramax
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