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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.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 Hamish Gray ... Malcolm
Clive Wood Clive Wood ... Tom Price-Williams
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

salmon | fishing | fish | desert | dam | See All (255) »

Taglines:

Make the impossible possible.

Genres:

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic | Mandarin

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor imposible See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$225,894, 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,025,107, 3 June 2012
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Alfred (Ewan McGregor) goes to Harriet's apartment, he is shown walking in the opposite direction of the other people in the street, similar to the salmon which swims against the current. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, a massive release of water washes out the encampment beside the salmon farm, debris is scattered round the film set alongside puddles yet there are still lit camp fires burning with well established embers, and small props such as lanterns which presumably would have been washed away with the deluge. See more »

Quotes

Harriet: Are you sure you won't have one
[a glass of wine]
Harriet: ?
Dr. Alfred Jones: At lunchtime?
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]
Dr. Alfred Jones: That was an attempt at a ...
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Alternate Versions

For the American theatrical release, references to the supermarket chain Tesco were dubbed over and replaced with Target. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Grand Tour: It's a gas, gas, gas (2018) See more »

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Touch My Booty
Performed by Honeypot & VM
Written by Tom Sainty & Graeme Cohen
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How Refreshing!
31 March 2012 | by blsndSee all my reviews

Just when I thought I was finished going to movies because so many are just plain vulgar, boring, and loud and not worth the investment of my time, along comes this near perfect piece of filmmaking. The story, the characters, the actors that were chosen, and the dialogue (refreshingly witty and at times thought provoking)... it all comes together in so enjoyable a fashion that I did not want the show to end! Aside from the foul-mouthed politicians (what a surprise, right?), there was not one minute of the movie I would change in any way. If you want to come away from a movie-going experience feeling good with plenty of information to discuss afterwards with your date, then RUN to see "Salmon Fishing in Yemen"!


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