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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  20 April 2012 (UK)
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A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

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A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a 'good will' story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. Written by Anonymous

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Make the impossible possible.

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content, and brief language | See all certifications »

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20 April 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Lov na losose u Jemenu  »

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$225,894 (USA) (9 March 2012)

Gross:

$9,025,107 (USA) (1 June 2012)
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Ewan McGregor had to learn the art of fly fishing for his role as Dr. Alfred Jones. See more »

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Harriet: Are you sure you won't have one
[a glass of wine]
Harriet: ?
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Harriet: Dr. Jones, I haven't spoken a word of Mandarin in about four years so I am celebrating even if you're not.
Dr. Alfred Jones: I only drink alcohol on the weekend, and even then only after seven.
Harriet: No exceptions.
Dr. Alfred Jones: None that I can think of. Well yeah, I got married on a Friday but I think it was a, a, as I recall a bank holiday in Northern Ireland so I allowed myself, I think, a glass on a technicality.
Harriet: [She just stares at him]
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Written by Dario Marianelli
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What a disappointment
28 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Been looking forward to this film for some time, having previously much enjoyed some other Lasse Hallstrom movies (especially 'My Life as a Dog', 'The Shipping News','The Ciderhouse Rules', even 'Casanova'). I certainly didn't expect anything profound, challenging or deeply engaging, but I was hoping for a good comedy, perhaps sharp and warm at the same time. But this was just an utter disappointment - or perhaps I am just getting fed-up with movie-making 'by numbers'. This film is not offensive, but it really doesn't do anything other than 'kill time'. The story is utterly predictable, the acting is wooden and emotionally totally unconvincing, the soundtrack is tired, the cinematography uninspired. It seems like everyone involved in this bit of feel-good fluff was just plain bored - so, by and large, the result, unfortunately, is just plain boring, too. One cannot help but wonder why they even bothered making this film, I could venture a guess, but, then, I don't want to be cynical... There is one exception: Kristin Scott-Thomas injects a much needed note of over the top humour and is always worth watching - thank you so much for that.


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