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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)
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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 Hamish Gray ... Malcolm
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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salmon | fishing | fish | desert | dam | See All (255) »

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Make the impossible possible.

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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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UK

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English | Arabic | Mandarin

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor imposible See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$225,894, 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,025,107, 3 June 2012
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Color

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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

When the scene in the helicopter is filmed, the only occupants are the pilot, Dr. Jones, and Harriet. As the copter lands, there is obviously someone wearing a tan shirt sitting in the passenger seat nearest the exit door. The door opens, but only Dr. Jones exits the back seat. See more »

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Tom Price-Williams: For the last time Sugden there is absolutely no way I can get you these fish!
Bernard Sugden: Tom, this comes from the top. The very top.
Tom Price-Williams: I don't care if God's taken up fly fishing.
Bernard Sugden: Now I suggest you make this work Tom.
Tom Price-Williams: Is that a threat Sugden?
Bernard Sugden: These are difficult days Tom. Cuts. Cuts everywhere. I don't know. Is the Environment Agency a front line service?
Tom Price-Williams: [sighs] It is a threat.
Bernard Sugden: See it as an opportunity.
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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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Written by Jim Roach and Brad Hooks
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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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