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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Robert Mayers
Mary Jones
Tom Beard ...
Peter Maxwell
Betty Burnside
Bernard Sugden
Edward Maxwell
Matilda White ...
Abby Maxwell
Otto Farrant ...
Joshua Maxwell
Hamish Gray ...
Clive Wood ...
Tom Price-Williams


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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salmon | fishing | fish | desert | dam | See All (258) »


Make the impossible possible.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Lov na losose u Jemenu  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$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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Written by Dario Marianelli
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Best Film at Toronto
17 September 2011 | by (Sundance) – See all my reviews

There's a line in the movie that goes, "We need a good story about the Middle East that doesn't have explosions." This is it! Hilarious and touching, Ewan, Emily, and Amr are fantastic. Ewan plays this homely, heads-down British government biologist to a T. Amr is a promising newcomer. And Emily is always amazing. I saw this at the opening in Toronto and the audience loved it. No wonder it was the first one sold at the festival. A big of an underdog, a lot of other people thought it was the best they saw too. Maybe they should change the name to something catchier. That's my only suggestion. I hope this changes how people view the middle east, even in a small way.

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