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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen -- An inspirational film where a fisheries expert is enlisted to bring the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and prove the impossible is truly possible.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen -- An expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embark son an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen -- An expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embark son an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen -- 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 embark son an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.


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  (in credits order)

Amr Waked ... Sheikh Muhammed

Emily Blunt ... Harriet

Catherine Steadman ... Ashley

Tom Mison ... Capt. Robert Mayers

Ewan McGregor ... Dr. Alfred Jones

Rachael Stirling ... Mary Jones

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Patricia Maxwell
Tom Beard ... Peter Maxwell

Jill Baker ... Betty Burnside

Conleth Hill ... Bernard Sugden

Alex Taylor-McDowall ... Edward Maxwell
Matilda White ... Abby Maxwell
Otto Farrant ... Joshua Maxwell
Hamish Gray ... Malcolm
Clive Wood ... Tom Price-Williams

Nayef Rashed ... Rebel Leader

Peter Wight ... Tory Grandee - Angus Butler

Waleed Akhtar ... Essad
Steven Blake ... Cabinet Member
Hugh Simon ... Brian Fleet

James Cutting ... Journalist
Colin Kilkelly ... Journalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jorge Leon Martinez ... SAS Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Lasse Hallström 
Writing credits
Simon Beaufoy (written by)

Paul Torday (novel)

Produced by
Zakaria Alaoui .... line producer: Morocco: Zak Productions
Guy Avshalom .... executive producer
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Stephen Garrett .... executive producer
Samuel Hadida .... co-executive producer
Victor Hadida .... co-executive producer
Paula Jalfon .... executive producer
Zygi Kamasa .... executive producer
Jamie Laurenson .... executive producer
Tori Parry .... line producer
Paul Webster .... producer
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lisa Gunning 
Casting by
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
Michael Carlin 
Art Direction by
Steve Carter 
Set Decoration by
Rebecca Alleway 
Costume Design by
Julian Day 
Makeup Department
Sonia Akouz .... makeup assistant: Morocco
Khalid Alami .... makeup artist: Morocco (as Khalid El Alami)
Zineb Bendoula .... hair stylist: Morocco
Naomi Donne .... hair designer
Naomi Donne .... makeup designer
Lucy Friend .... makeup artist
Anna Mirow .... makeup trainee
Norma Webb .... hair stylist
Norma Webb .... makeup artist
Wakana Yoshihara .... makeup artist: Morocco
Production Management
Helen de Winter .... post-production supervisor
Nick Manzi .... head of production: Lionsgate UK
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Duncan Muggoch .... unit production manager: Morocco
Iain Smith .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mohamed Essaghir Aabach .... third assistant director: Morrocco
Tarik Ait Ben Ali .... second second assistant director: Morocco
Joe Barlow .... third assistant director
Yann Mari Faget .... second assistant director: Morocco (as Yann Mari-Faget)
Henry Forsyth .... assistant director: reshoots (as James Roque Jr.)
Ahmed Hatimi .... first assistant director: Morocco (as Ahmed Eric Hatimi)
Olivia Lloyd .... second assistant director
Shaun O'Dell .... second unit director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... first assistant director
Mohammed Hamza Regragui .... second second assistant director: second unit (as Hamza Regragui)
Lance Roehrig .... first assistant director: second unit
Toby Sherborne .... second assistant director: Morocco
Eileen Yip .... base third assistant director
Khalil Zghayou .... assistant director: Morocco
George Taylor .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mohamed Amin Rharda .... prop buyer: Morocco
Ahmed Azig .... construction manager: Morocco
Abdellah Baadil .... assistant art director: Morocco
Abdallah Bougtifa .... set dresser: Morocco (as Abdella Bougtifa)
Abdallah Bougtifa .... set dresser: Morocco (as Paulo Goncalves)
Christopher Chandler .... dressing props chargehand (as Chris Chandler)
Lisa Chugg .... production buyer
Billy Edwards .... standby props chargehand
Idriss El Gholb .... standby props: Morocco
Mabrouk El Hafiani .... set dresser: Morocco
Abdellah El Kabous .... head carpenter: Morocco (as Abdellah Kabous)
Lahcen El Yazidi .... set dresser: Morocco
James Enright .... prop making supervisor c/o propshop
Muffin Green .... property master
Khalid Guouram .... art department runner: Morocco
Kathy Heaser .... assistant art director
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Abdenabi Izlaguen .... set decorator: Morocco
El Houssaine Jawad .... assistant set decorator: Morocco
Ben Johnson .... standby props
Gary Martin .... dressing props
Jim McCallum .... props
Nicki McCallum .... art director: Scotland
Adam McCreight .... storeman
Catriona McKail .... standby art director
John Moolenschot .... stand-by carpenter
James Morrall .... storyboard artist
Amin Rharda .... prop buyer: Morocco (as Mohamed Amin Rharda)
Antoine Robin .... construction manager: Morocco
Mary Pat Sheahan .... stand-by painter (as Mary-Pat Sheahan)
Stuart Silver .... standy props
Simon Sparsis .... standby carpenter: Scotland
Douglas Ingram .... buyer (uncredited)
Jim McCallum .... dressing props (uncredited)
Anne-Marie Minty .... art department trainee (uncredited)
Craig Price .... dressing props (uncredited)
F. Auguste Rahmberg .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mike Anscombe .... sound studio manager: Anvil Post Production
Harry Barnes .... supervising sound editor
Mark Broughton .... foley editor
Gareth Bull .... sound re-recording mixer
Martin Cantwell .... sound designer
Ben Collinson .... boom operator: dailies
Dan Hegeman .... boom operator: adr
Christian Joyce .... adr mixer
Peter Lindsay .... sound mixer
Adam Mendez .... foley recordist
Kate Morath .... boom operator
Paulin Sagna .... sound mixing technician
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Richard Straker .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Nourdine Zaoui .... second assistant: Morocco
Lee Sharp .... sound assistant: dailies (uncredited)
Andy Stallabrass .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Michael Lee Taylor .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mohamed Ali Aqermim .... special effects technician: Morocco
Lahoucine Baouda .... special effects technician: Morocco
Simon Cockren .... special effects floor supervisor: Morocco, Arcadia SFX
George Dunn .... special effects lead assistant technician: Morocco, Arcadia SFX
Belaid Fougdal .... special effects technician: Morocco (as Belaid Ait Fougdal)
Adbelaziz Ghouli .... special effects technician: Morocco (as Abdelaziz Ghouli)
Alexander Gunn .... special effects supervisor: Morocco, Arcadia SFX (as Alex Gunn)
Aniss Hamidouch .... special effects technician: Morocco
Abdelhaq Jamal .... special effects technician: Morocco
Kyle May .... special effects assistant technician: Morocco, Arcadia SFX
Karl Openshaw .... special effects senior technician: Morocco, Arcadia SFX
Hanin Ouidder .... special effects technician: Morocco
Mohamed Ouider .... special effects technician: Morocco
El Housseine Sarou .... special effects technician: Morocco
Garry Cooper .... special effects assistant: Danmark (uncredited)
Dean Ford .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mark Holt .... special effects (uncredited)
Mike Kelt .... special effects supervisor: Scotland (uncredited)
Casper Lailey .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Pani Ahmadi-Moore .... visual effects editor
Adrian Banton .... lead compositor: Lip Sync Post
Neil Culley .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects
James Elster .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Sean Farrow .... visual effects supervisor (as Sean H. Farrow)
Charlotte Gray .... digital restoration artist
Elysia Greening .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Will Hawkes .... digital restoration: Technicolor Creative Services
Andre Hitsøy .... cg supervisor: Lip Sync Post
Emma Hulme .... digital restoration: Technicolor Creative Services
David Lloyd .... senior systems engineer: Lip Sync Post
Scott MacDonald .... animator: Lip Sync Post
Ben Mars .... lead animator: Lip Sync Post
Emelie Nilsson .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Dylan Owen .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Antonio Rodríguez Díaz .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
David Sjodin .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Daniel Spain .... systems engineer: Lip Sync Post
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects coordinator: Lip Sync Post
Samantha Tracey .... visual effects producer: Lip Sync Post
Sheila Wickens .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Daniel Wood .... fx artist: Lip Sync Post (as Dan Wood)
Tom Wood .... on-set supervisor: Lip Sync Post
Lenka Zuckova .... lighting td
Thomas Ayre .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Celeste Bothwick .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi (uncredited)
Emma Braney .... cg artist: Lip Sync Post (uncredited)
David Gibbons .... senior digital matte painter (uncredited)
Steven Gomez .... compositing graphic artist: Duran Duboi (uncredited)
Alice Holme .... animator: Lip Sync Post (uncredited)
Will Hudson .... digital restoration: Technicolor Creative Services (uncredited)
Katie McCulloch .... digital restoration: Technicolor Creative Services (uncredited)
Abigail McKenzie .... digital lab operator (uncredited)
Katie Roehrick .... cg artist: Method (uncredited)
Katie Roehrick .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Natalie Silver .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Younes Afroukh .... stunts (stunts)
Benamara Azeddine .... stunt performer
Alessandro Di Martini .... stunts (uncredited)
Jamie Edgell .... stunt coordinator
Jason Hunjan .... stunt performer
Paul Kennington .... stunt performer
Maurice Lee .... stunt performer
Belinda McGinley .... stunt performer
David Newton .... stunt performer
Alexandre Ottoveggio .... stunts
Alessandro Di Martini .... stunt double: Ewan Mcgregor (uncredited)
Chris Newton .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Alexandre Ottoveggio .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
El Mokhtar Aboukal .... video assist: Morocco (as Elmokhtar Aboukal)
Elhassan Aboulhab .... generator operator: Morocco
Brahim Ait Belkas .... camera trainee: Morocco
Ahmed Almrani .... grip: Morocco (as Ahmed El Amrani)
Andy Arnautov .... gaffer: Morrocco
Ray Bateman .... generator operator
Brahim Bouaa .... best boy electrician: Morocco
Elhassan Bouddi .... location electrician: Morocco
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Warren Buckingham .... aerial camera technician: wescam camera (as Mark E. Moore)
Warren Buckingham .... aerial camera technician: wescam camera
Danny Butler .... electrician
Pete Carrier .... balloon technician (as Richard Hoover)
Mhamed Chaabout .... generator operator: Morocco
Ricky Collins .... electrician
Marco De Filippis .... best boy electrician: Morocco
Sahoul El Alami .... best boy electrician: Morocco (as Mohamed El Alami Sahoul)
Ismail El Moulloua .... best boy electrician: Morocco (as Ismail El Mouloua)
My Mustapha Elidrissi .... grip: Morocco (as Mustapha El Idrissi)
Dan Garlick .... grip: "b" camera
Ran Geffen .... clapper loader: second unit
Scot Gill .... electrical rigger
Josh Gimenez .... video assistant
Darren Harvey .... rigging electrician
Mohammed Amine Hlal .... lighting technician trainee (as Tiffani Stephenson)
Rupert Hornstein .... focus puller: second unit
Mouna Khaali .... camera assistant: Morocco
Borivoj Klecka .... best boy electrician: Morocco
Henry Landgrebe .... clapper loader: "a" camera
Tom Lea .... electrician
Stephen Lee .... video operator
David Maund .... grip: "a" camera (as Kris Weaver)
David Maund .... key grip (as Kris Weaver)
Tom McGinley .... electrician
Hamid Mellak .... generator operator: Morocco
Pat Miller .... rigging gaffer: Morocco
Tony C. Miller .... gaffer: second unit
David Mills .... camera trainee: "b" camera (as Dave Mills)
Jem Morton .... grip: second unit
Roland Moses .... generator operator: Morocco (as Roland 'Mo' Modes)
Steve O'Donoghue .... best boy
Derrick Peters .... focus puller: "b" camera
Jake Polonsky .... director of photography: second unit
Alastair Rae .... camera operator: "a" camera
Alastair Rae .... steadicam operator
F. Auguste Rahmberg .... camera trainee: "a" camera (as Auguste Rahmberg)
Abdelghami Rifki .... best boy grip: Morocco (as Abdelghani Rifki)
Paul Snell .... central loader: "a" camera
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
James Summers .... rigging gaffer
Hicham Tamaoui .... grip: Morocco (as Jeremi Prokopowicz)
Hicham Tamaoui .... grip: Morocco
Martin Taylor .... rigging electrician
Simon Tindall .... focus puller: "a" camera
Dave Wells .... grip: "b" camera
Harry Wiggins .... gaffer
Tom Wilkinson .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Andy Woodcock .... grip trainee: "a" camera (as Andrew Woodcock)
Mike Farr .... lighting balloon technician (uncredited)
Steve Fitzpatrick .... standby rigger (uncredited)
Steve Howe .... standby rigger (uncredited)
Simon Muir .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Philip Nichol .... camera trainee (uncredited)
David Pearce .... camera trainee: dailies (uncredited)
Keith Saayman .... libra head technician (uncredited)
Paul Swann .... camera and equipment support (uncredited)
John Watters .... focus puller: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Zine eddine Ibnou Jabal .... casting coordinator: Morocco (as Zineddine Ibnoujabal)
Ruth Key .... casting assistant
Kate McLaughlin .... extras casting assistant: France
Marcella Riordan .... casting assistant: UK
Omar Tisli .... casting assistant: Morocco
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abdelkrim Akallach .... costume supervisor: Morocco
Lauren Angela Coe .... costume third assistant
Shahida Day .... costume supervisor (as Shaida Day)
Zineb El Idrissi .... assistant costume: Morocco (as Zineb El Indrissi Mendili)
Jane Marcantonio .... standby costume assistant
Marnie Ormiston .... standby costume second assistant
Editorial Department
Pani Ahmadi-Moore .... first assistant editor
Cherri Arpino .... senior rushes project manager
Matthew Benns .... digital intermediate data manager
Eve Doherty .... second assistant editor
Dan Dolan .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Jason Fabbro .... video colorist
Dan Farrell .... conform editor
Todd Kleparski .... senior digital intermediate producer
Richard Lampard .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Henry Merewether .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Adrian Poole .... digital intermediate data manager
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Dominic Thomson .... digital intermediate editor (as Dom Thomson)
Peter Collins .... digital intermediate (uncredited)
Paul Ensby .... digital colorist (uncredited)
Jonathan Sykes .... data management (uncredited)
Cliff Thomas .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo Abrahams .... solo musician: acoustic guitar
Laura Ashton .... music tutor
BBC Concert Orchestra .... orchestra
James Bellamy .... music editor
Dirk Campbell .... solo musician: highland pipes and ney flute
Fiona Cruickshank .... assistant music engineer
Olga FitzRoy .... assistant music engineer
Austen George .... musician
Jake Gill .... assistant music engineer
Giles Lewin .... solo musician: oud
Dario Marianelli .... orchestrator
Cynthia Miller .... orchestra leader
Colin Rae .... music preparation
Maggie Rodford .... music supervisor
Lior Ron .... trailer composer
Benjamin Wallfisch .... conductor
Benjamin Wallfisch .... orchestrator
Nick Wollage .... music mixer
Nick Wollage .... music recordist
Helen Yates .... assistant music supervisor
Transportation Department
Youssef Ait Badi .... unit driver: Morocco
Ismail Ait Brahim .... unit driver: Morocco
Michael Allen .... driver: construction truck
Ali Bakkioui .... transportation coordinator: Moroco (as Ali Bakkiou El Otmani)
Jamie Barham .... driver uk: Ewan McGregor
Darren Beaven .... unit driver
Adam Blezeard .... driver: prop truck
Abderrahim Bouwizri .... unit driver: Morocco
Steven Brigden .... driver: dayplayer (as Steve Brigden)
Jas Brown .... driver: UK
Danny Butler .... driver: HGV
Piotr Chrzanowski .... driver: costume truck (as Peter Chnznowski)
Steve Cooke .... driver: UK
Craig Deary .... driver: camera car
Ben Dillon .... picture car supervisor
Mike Elliott .... driver: UK
Tony Evans .... driver: minibus
Radouane Ezzidani .... transportation assistant: Morocco
Aziz Fatene .... driver: rushes, Morocco
Steve Hockney .... driver: facilities
Stephen Lawrence .... driver: Ewan McGregor (as Steve Lawrence)
Christina Ledger .... driver: facilities
Graeme Main .... driver: camera car (as Graeme Maine)
Danny Mitchell .... swing o-ordinator
John Morris .... driver: minibus (as Alasrair Mackey)
Brett Owens .... driver: grip truck
Francisco Pinto .... unit driver
Hassan Raissouni .... production driver: Morocco
Mark Raschke .... driver: Germany
Larry C. Sylvester .... driver: Spain (as Larry Sylvester)
Pete Trotman .... driver: director (as Peter Trotman)
George Yeung .... driver: UK
John Ayres .... driver: minibus (uncredited)
Redouane Fihi .... transportation assistant: Morocco (uncredited)
Paul Howitt .... hod facility vehicles (uncredited)
Other crew
Youssef Abagourram .... assistant location manager: Morocco
Abdessalam Ait Abdelah .... accountant: Morocco (as Abdeslam Ait Abdellah)
Elmahjoub Ahbid .... base camp manager: Morocco
Hassan Ait Moudoud .... set production assistant: Morocco
Saad Ajedigue .... production assistant: Morocco
Mounir Akkaoui .... set production assistant: Morocco
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control
Mohamed Atbir .... production assistant: Morocco
Daren Bailey .... marine coordinator
Carrie-Ann Banner .... assistant production co-ordinator (as M. Mairéad)
Carrie-Ann Banner .... assistant production co-ordinator
Elhoussaine Baouzine .... cashier: Morocco (as El Houssine Baouzine)
Noureddine Belfadla .... set production assistant: Morocco
Jinane Ben Zaida .... production coordinator: Morocco (as Jinane Benzaida)
Mohamed Benhmamane .... location manager: Morocco
Chris Betts .... marine safety assistant
John Biondo .... legal advisor: Lionsgate International
Alex Boden .... production contact: London
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer (as David Guilbeau)
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer
Katie Boughen .... unit nurse (as Pavla Markova)
Katie Boughen .... unit nurse
Joseph Brodrick .... cashier
Keith Bryant .... laboratory contact: Technicolor Creative Services (as Dan Stutz)
James Buckler .... delivery coordinator: BBC Films (as Rebecca Ryan)
James Buckler .... production and delivery coordinator: BBC Films (as Deuce Cheryl Hedrick)
Usha Chaman .... travel coordinator
Ed Clarke .... development executive: Kudos Pictures
Chris Collins .... senior production and development executive: UK Film Council (as Christopher Collins)
Chris Cullum .... health and safety advisor (as Sean Curran)
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Ellie Downham .... assistant accountant
Bill Drury .... fly fishing advisor
Brahim El Aissaoui .... snake handler: Morocco
Robin Elwes .... fly fishing instructor
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Eamon Fullen .... marine safety assistant (as Eamon Fuller)
Louise C. Galizia .... floor runner
Simon Gillis .... legal and business affairs manager: BBC Films (as Kathy Chambless)
James Grant .... location manager
Vicky Grayson .... senior publicity account manager (as Benjamin Weintraub)
Faical Hajji .... assistant location manager: Morocco
Radouane Hajji .... unit doctor: Morocco
Hakima Hammoudi .... construction nurse: Morocco
Chris Hankey .... location assistant
Rob Hill .... titles
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Richard Hooper .... armourer
Patrick Howson .... assistant: Paul Webster, Kudos Pictures (as Derek Schwebel)
Jessamine Hugill .... assistant: Lasse Hallström
Georgia Hume .... production office runner
Mick Hurrell .... health and safety advisor (as Marie-Xhristine Gely)
Redouane Inzig .... set production assistant: Morocco
Paula Jack .... dialect coach
Wendy Jaffe .... legal advisor: Lionsgate International
Rachel James .... post production accountant
Abdeljalil Jghou .... set production assistant: Morocco
Sean Kavanagh .... archive researcher
Mark Kinsella .... assistant: executive producers: Lionsgate
Kate Lee .... unit publicist (as Shawn D. Wilson)
Kate Lee .... unit publicist
Helen Lee-Kim .... president: Lionsgate International
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Merixell Lombana .... location runner
Cathy Lorimer .... floor runner
Hugues Mace .... floor runner: additional photography (as Debra Kaufmann)
Hugues Mace .... floor runner: additional photography
Robert Madden .... floor runner (as Rob Madden)
Robert Madden .... floor runner
Kate Mandel .... senior accountant: The Film Department (as Michael Lund)
Nick Manzi .... head of acquisitions: Lionsgate UK
Jamie Mayers .... financial controller: Kudos Pictures
Michael Meyer .... legal advisor: Lionsgate International
Deba Mithal .... head of finance: Kudos Pictures
Abdellah Moudnib .... set production assistant: Morocco
Hicham Moukhliss .... set production assistant: Morocco (as Hicham Mokhliss)
Richard Neale .... on-set computer technician: CompuHire
Louise O'Malley .... financial controller
Iain Ovenden .... epk (as Ian Ovenden)
Lance Palmer .... marine supervisor
Sarah Parfitt .... delivery paperwork coordinator
Kate Penlington .... clearance coordinator
Lindsey Powell .... assistant location manager
Yahia Qaci .... assistant accountant: Morocco (as Yahiya Qaci)
Judy Ryan .... legal advisor: Lionsgate UK
Angelika Schierz .... production secretary
Tanya Seghatchian .... head of the film fund: UK Film Council
Albert Sharpe .... epk (as Kathy Remlinger)
Albert Sharpe .... epk
Widad Taha .... shipping coordinator: Morocco
Michael Thorpe .... marine safety assistant
Julia Tomlinson .... location assistant
Tim Van Rellim .... production executive
Nicholas Wade .... assistant location manager (as Nick Wade)
Ed Wethered .... development editor: BBC Films
David Wilcock .... first assistant accountant
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Khalil Zghayou .... set production assistant: Morroco
Sean Barclay .... location scout: Scotland (uncredited)
Joshua Benedetti .... location scout: dailies (uncredited)
Nic Benns .... title designer (uncredited)
Tom Bromwich .... titles producer (uncredited)
Neringa Domarke .... assistant: executive producers: Lionsgate (uncredited)
Fiona Harper .... production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Mitch Hill .... stand in: Conleth Hill (uncredited)
Khadja Koulla .... travel and accommodation coordinator: Morocco (uncredited)
Garry Marriott .... medic: second unit (uncredited)
Dave Morley .... medic: additional photography (uncredited)
Deborah Nutt .... locations marshall: dailies (uncredited)
Mohammed Hamza Regragui .... production assistant: Morocco (uncredited)
Sascha Robey .... armorer (uncredited)
Kirsty Robinson .... assistant: Paul Webster (uncredited)
Alice Syed .... production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content, and brief language
107 min
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The salmon are delivered to the project in tanks slung under Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters. US (military) helicopter manufacturers tend to name aircraft after American Native tribes, in this case the Chinook people of Pacific Northwest region of the United States. However, the Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) is also a species of salmon.See more »
Continuity: When Harriet and Dr Jones are eating at a restaurant for the first time, Dr Jones empties his glass, yet in the next scene the glass is full again. This happens a few times throughout the scene.See more »
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83 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
"Salmon Fishing" Makes For An Interesting Ride, 27 February 2012
Author: D_Burke from United States

Enjoying a film like "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" is similar to acquiring a taste for actual fishing. Like the sport that some find invigorating while others find it dreadfully dull, this film has its draggy moments. However, there are also enlightening points to the movie that come when you least expect them.

Of course, that is not to say that you have to actually LIKE fishing, or understand it, to enjoy "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen". Fishing serves as a crucial plot point, but you don't have to be a card-carrying member of Cabella's or L.L. Bean to enjoy it.

The film has elements of romantic comedy, environmentalism, foreign relations drama, and insightfulness that makes it difficult to concretely categorize. Fortunately, all these facets combine to create a story that's far from predictable. Just like a current, there are times you don't know where the story is going.

Ewan McGregor plays Fred Jones, a fisheries expert for the British government who receives an odd request from legal representative Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt). Harriet represents a wealthy sheik (Amr Waked) who resides in both Great Britain and Yemen, and has an unusual fondness for salmon fishing. He wants to take a healthy population of salmon from the British lakes, and transport them to the Yemen River to live and breed.

The reason this plot does not make for good cocktail party small talk or water cooler chatter is because it takes such a long time to describe the rationale behind such an ambitious task. For instance, can salmon, who thrive in cold water, even survive in the Middle East, where it's obviously hot? Plus, why would people from Yemen even be interested in fishing? The film answers these questions and others very well, and allows the story to breathe better as each subplot reveals itself. Nothing is rushed in this movie, which, while a few parts drag here and there, is overall a welcome departure from certain high-octane multiplex drivel that passes as entertainment.

Once you actually listen to the characters and hear their reasoning, a lot of the story makes sense. This fact is especially true for Amr Waked, who is not yet a well known actor, but whose character has a profound impact on the film.

Western audiences are not used to seeing a Middle Eastern character that is not a terrorist, let alone one who credibly connects fishing and faith better than any PBS show even could. Waked, who is Egyptian in real life but whose character is Yemeni, does so incredibly well, and is truly the breakout star of this movie. It's a shame that Oscar season just ended, because the early release of this film alone hurts his chances of receiving a Best Supporting Actor nomination, although he deserves it.

The inevitable love story in the movie is also unpredictable, if only because you're not sure whether McGregor and Blunt should be together. McGregor's Fred is married, and Blunt's Harriet has a boyfriend who is sent off to fight in the Afghanistan War. There are plot twists for both characters, but even you, the audience, remains unsure whether the two characters working together so well to bring salmon to Yemen means they should be together. It creates a necessary tension few romantic comedies dare to address.

As for their performances, McGregor seems to play a more mature leading role than in other films he's made before. His character here is more practical than idealist (as in "Moulin Rouge" (2001)), more professional than playboy (as in "Down With Love" (2003)), and knows where his morals lie (unlike "Trainspotting" (1996)). While he was good in those other films, he can only play those roles for so long.

Emily Blunt also delivered a balanced, multi-layered performance, and worked very well off McGregor. I thought there would be an explanation for why her character's last name was hyphenated, as you almost never see characters with two last names in movies. Could there have been a failed marriage in her past, perhaps? It wasn't ever explained, nor was it really crucial to the plot.

Kristin Scott Thomas also provides some unexpected comic relief as a press secretary for Parliament who chats with the British Prime Minister on Instant Messenger. Her character spearheads the campaign to transport the salmon to Yemen in order to divert public attention from the Afghanistan War. Again, a crucial subplot, but one that has to be seen, not explained second hand.

"Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" is enjoyable like some find fishing to be: there's a lot of calm to it, but when the funny parts happen, they can be as surprising and as fulfilling as catching a big fish. Also, if you actually listen to Amr Waked's character the same way some expert fisherman have pearls of wisdom, the movie's enjoyment may even come as a bigger surprise.

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