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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Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Simon Beaufoy, Paul Torday (novel) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Conleth Hill ... Bernard Sugden
Alex Taylor-McDowall ... Edward Maxwell
Matilda White Matilda White ... Abby Maxwell
Otto Farrant ... Joshua Maxwell
Hamish Gray ... Malcolm
Clive Wood ... Tom Price-Williams
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Storyline

Visionary Sheikh Muhammed bin Zaida bani Tihama (Amr Waked) 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, Dr. Alfred "Fred" Jones (Ewan McGregor), who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary, Patricia Maxwell (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) 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.

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Plot Keywords:

salmon | fishing | fish | desert | dam | See All (256) »

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Make the impossible possible.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Trivia

The khanjar or jambiyya (the curved daggers carried in the belt by many of the Yemenis in this movie) are the Omani style. Typically in Yemen, the sheath is much narrower and highly curved at the tip. Also, normally, they are only worn at formal occasions with national dress - similar to sgian dubh in Scotland. See more »

Goofs

The sheik's aircraft carries a Morocco tail id (CN) rather then the expected Yemen country code (7O). See more »

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Car bot voice: Say a command.
Mary Jones: Shut up.
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For the American theatrical release, references to the supermarket chain Tesco were dubbed over and replaced with Target. See more »

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Referenced in The Real O'Neals: The Real Book Club (2016) See more »

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Touch My Booty
Performed by Honeypot & VM
Written by Tom Sainty & Graeme Cohen
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A very entertaining movie that will appeal to everyone, not just fisherman. I recommend this. I say B+
29 June 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"You can't catch faith with a fishing rod." After Harriet (Blunt) contacts Dr. Alfred Jones (McGregor) about a Shiek from Yemen who wants to bring the sport of salmon fishing to his country he laughs it off. After being given no choice in the matter Jones begins to do just enough to keep his job. After meeting the Shiek and helping Harriet through a crisis his outlook begins to change. He puts everything he has into making the dream possible. The sign of a good movie is one that keeps you interested and makes you like it when you aren't even in the mood to watch it. I wanted to watch this based off the preview, but at the time I sat down to see it I really wasn't in the mood for a movie like this. It did start off a little slow but quickly sucked me in and by the end I was so into it that I couldn't remember why I didn't want to watch it. I have fished many times but I'm not what you would call an avid fisherman. The reason I say that is because this movie has the perfect balance of enough fishing to keep fisherman entertained, but not enough to make it all about fishing, much like the way "A River Runs Through It" did. The last twenty minutes of the movie makes you feel a proverbial "rollar-coaster" of emotions. Every few minutes something happens that changes how you feel while not turning into the cheesy and sappy ending that it could have been. Overall, a good movie that people who fish and those who don't will both enjoy. I liked it. I give it a B+.


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Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$225,894, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$9,047,981

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,564,651
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