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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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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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Patricia Maxwell: There are 10,000 fish. If you can hook one of them then you can f/ck off back to transport.
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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
Courtesy of Red Parade Music by arrangement with Format Entertainment
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Just a Joy to Watch
15 April 2012 | by Dan_LSee all my reviews

Seriously, "Salmon Fishing in The Yemen" is simply a joy to watch. Not since "Hugo" have I seen a film with so much heart to it. What makes this such a joy is its impish sense of humor, irreverence toward the British government, the simply delightful acting of leads McGregor and Blunt (who has never looked so good as she does here), the appealing nature of so many characters, and, perhaps most of all, its unpredictability. The audience enjoyed an awful lot of laugh out loud moments, a few tears, and a bit of excitement and danger. The film had you rooting for its the Sheik and the two lead characters -- and unlike all too many films, you don't see where it's going. If you enjoy a whopping good time at the flicks, this is a film you should see on the big screen while you still can.


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