Quotes from the Movie The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

The truth is that, while we Welsh like to believe that it was the mountains that beat the successive invaders, it was really the weather that comes with mountains. It was the rain that defeated every invader. Yes, simple rain.

Grandfather

All this fuss over what? Is it a hill, is it a mountain? Perhaps it wouldn't matter anywhere else, but this is Wales. The Egyptians built pyramids, the Greeks built temples, but we did none of that, because we had mountains. Yes, the Welsh were created by mountains: where the mountain starts, there starts Wales. If this isn't a mountain-- well, if this isn't a mountain, then Anson might just as well redraw the border and put us all in England, God forbid.

Grandfather

In France, we dug trenches ten miles long. We took earth from here and made hills there. We moved entire fields. You wouldn't believe what we did. It's possible. It's just hard work.

Johnny Shellshocked Jones

Stop actin' so English!

Johnny Shellshocked Jones

My text for today comes from Psalm 99, Verse 9: Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his... holy... hill.

Reverend Robert Jones

All this fuss over what? Is it a hill, is it a mountain? Perhaps it wouldn't matter anywhere else, but this is Wales. The Egyptians built pyramids, the Greeks built temples, but we did none of that, because we had mountains. Yes, the Welsh were created by mountains: where the mountain starts, there starts Wales. If this isn't a mountain-- well, if this isn't a mountain, then Anson might just as well redraw the border and put us all in England, God forbid.

Grandfather

Well I don't know the English word, but in Welsh we call it a be'chi'ngalw.

Mechanic

In France, we dug trenches ten miles long. We took earth from here and made hills there. We moved entire fields. You wouldn't believe what we did. It's possible. It's just hard work.

Johnny Shellshocked

Stop actin' so English!

Johnny Shellshocked

For some odd reason, lost in the mists of time, there's an extraordinary shortage of last names in Wales. Almost everyone seems to be a Williams, a Jones, or an Evans. To avoid widespread confusion, Welsh people often add an occupation to a name. For example, there was Williams the Petroleum, and Williams the Death. There was Jones the Bottle, and Jones the Prize Cabbage... which described his hobby and his personality. Evans the Bacon, and Evans the End of the World. But one man's name was a puzzle, and it wasn't until I was 10 years old that I asked my grandfather about the man with the longest and most enigmatic name of all.

Narrator

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain? Now there's a long name for you. And a long story. You are not going to fidget, are you? For this is a story... an epic story. Yes, epic.

Grandfather

And how d'you know later?

Thomas Twp Too

But how were they measured?

Thomas Twp Too

ut who measured the first hill?

Thomas Twp Too

Well, w-we've made, um, we've made measurements with those two hills, and w-we already know the height of Newton Beacon and Whitchurch Hill...

Reginald Anson

The same way, by comparing them with other hills.

Reginald Anson

Well, i-i-it will be measured again! I mean, uh, perhaps we'll even come back through here on our return, and...

Reginald Anson

Well, I'll try, I'll, I'll really try...

Reginald Anson

Um, I'm not sure that I can rely on Mr. Garrad. But, um, the thing is, I-I will need an assistant. I, uh-- you wouldn't, um?

Reginald Anson

Well, I-I-I-I think we can get over that.

Reginald Anson

Well, I-I don't think the word just could apply to you about anything.

Reginald Anson

Yes. Yes. Now, n-now I'm going to blush, so, um, would you help me... please?

Reginald Anson

Good. Then, um, prepare the engineer's transit.

Reginald Anson

God. God, my boy. God.

Rev. Robert Jones

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