Elevations of climbable mountains weren't then and aren't now determined by triangulation to known landmarks; it would have been done by "spirit levelling," which is, more or less, a local measuring of one's vertical change along a path from an already established elevation which, in turn, is ultimately tied to sea level. Elevations determined by sightings to remote landmarks, as in this film, would be very imprecise because of atmospheric refraction. Indeed, if such a technique could have worked, the hill elevation could already have been determined by measurements from the supposed reference landmarks. A resurvey of a hill that might have turned it into a mountain would have been a differential measurement. The surveyor would only have had to measure the elevation change between a nearby point that he had already passed through on the way to the summit, and the modified summit.
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When walking down the mountain, after the final measurement, Anson does not have the quadrant that he must have used to measure the mountain.
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The opening narration says that the surveyors arrived on a Sunday and a calendar shows June 17th which was indeed a Sunday. When Reverend Jones speaks to Davis the School about releasing the children to help with building the mound the calendar shows the 21st making it Thusday. Later, when Tommy Twostroke picks up Betty at the estate where she works she says that it is Tuesday.
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Garrad says that he has been surveying for 25 years but at one point mentions surveying in 1888, which would have been 28 years before.
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The layout of Reginald's hands changes during his morning conversation in the pub with Betty.
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At the end of the scene where the Reverend slashes the front tire of the Englishman's car, a reflection of a crew member can be seen in the windshield of the car after the Reverend exits.
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The Bristol Channel should be visible from the hill. Also missing is the Taff River and Castell Coch.
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Betty asks Reginald why he isn't at the front and he replies that he was, at Verdun. The Battle of Verdun involved the German and French armies, so it is most unlikely that he was there. It is more reasonable to suppose that he was involved in the Battle of the Somme, both of which were fought during 1916.
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It is not credible that the reverend was buried the same evening he died.
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