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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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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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When rehearsing with an instrumental ensemble in the church, Mary Jones is playing the sackbut (a Baroque precursor to the trombone) and Dr Jones is playing a bass viol (a precursor to the 'cello).See more »
Errors in geography: The sheik's aircraft carries a Morocco tail id (CN) rather then the expected Yemen country code (7O).See more »
Dr. Alfred Jones:When things get tricky in my life, I talk to my fish.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A gentle movie about faiths of different stripes, 20 January 2013
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

A British fisheries expert is presented with a offer from a Yemenese sheikh to bring the sport of fly fishing to the Sahara in this charming, likable drama from Lasse Hallstrom. It features beautiful cinematography, even for those who don't particularly care about such things, and winning performances by Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, at its heart, is not a movie about fish at all; it is about different kinds of faith and the degree to which people place their trust in them. Alfred Jones (McGregor) is an expert in all things ichthyic and works for the UK's version of the Department of the Interior. He is approached by the representative of a idealistic sheikh who loves to fish. The sheikh has it in his head that bringing the art of fly fishing for salmon to the Yemen River would be beneficial to his people (the river is dried up in places and is, obviously, in the middle of a desert). It is not a popular idea, and Jones, before and after taking a perfunctory meeting with Harriet, dismisses it as ludicrous, unsound, and downright absurd. (Dr. Jones is a bit of a straight arrow, you see.) And it would seem that would be the end of it, except that the Prime Minister's press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) sees this as an opportunity to foster Arab-Anglo relations at a time when, well, they're not so good. Long story short – Jones has to make the project work.

There are many obstacles to overcome. The water must be the right temperature and with the right amount of oxygen. Fish have to be found, somewhere, and imported. Negotiations must be had with local tribes who feel that bringing water to the desert is an abomination of some sort. And meanwhile, pressure mounts and mounts for Jones to pull it all off, since the sheikh is paying handsomely to the British government.

Alfred – Fred – and Harriet each have home lives that are in their own unique turmoil. Fred has been married for several years with no children, and it's clear that the love he and his wife once shared in full has dwindled considerably; she suddenly takes a job in Geneva, promising to visit him every so often. As for Harriet, the first man she has fallen for is suddenly deployed to Afghanistan. Each takes solace in their Yemen project.

What works best in this movie is the chemistry between Blunt and McGregor; the former plays an optimist ready for new challenges, and the latter is more of a stick-in-the-mud with little sense of humor. Okay, you who are reading this know that this is a plain setup, as this is not just a drama: it a romantic drama. Luckily for all of us, the movie doesn't descend into double entendres, sideward glances, awkward silences, and the like. Blunt and McGregor manage to avoid making the romance too light, too believable; we shouldn't be able to easily guess precisely how things will wind up, and we can't. Theirs is a working relationship that neither acknowledges as being anything but, and each is torn between their subconscious feelings for each other and for their respective significant others.

At one point, the sheikh asks Jones if he is a man of faith, and the expert replies that he is not. The sheikh rightly points out, however, that fishing itself relies on faith – the hope that something will occur, however improbable. A man puts a lure into the water. The outcome is not predetermined; he will most likely reel it in untouched. But he has faith that a fish will nibble at it and take the bait. The sheikh feels the same way about his fishing project. He has faith that doing so will enable the poor communities surrounding the river to thrive.

In the end, this is a quiet, elegant movie about love and hope, both of fishing and humanity. Excellent performances by the leads and able direction by Hallstrom make this a sort of soft-edged drama with romance and a bit of action.

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