Ten fisherman from Cornwall are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Purefoy ... Jim
Meadow Nobrega Meadow Nobrega ... Tamsyn
David Hayman ... Jago
Maggie Steed ... Maggie
Sam Swainsbury ... Rowan
Dave Johns ... Leadville
Daniel Mays ... Danny
Noel Clarke ... Troy
Christian Brassington ... Henry
Vahid Gold ... Driss
Tuppence Middleton ... Alwyn
Mae Voogd Mae Voogd ... Sally
Yuna Shin ... Tourist
Ken Drury Ken Drury ... Solicitor
Nathan Outlaw Nathan Outlaw ... Car Owner


A fast living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate "fish out of water" as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he's drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he's forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

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When you find your voice, you discover the perfect catch. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, and suggestive references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When the Fisherman's Friends actors were relaxing after a hard day filming in London, they decided to sing a few shanties in the pub they were all drinking in.

The cleanshirt landlord asked them to stop singing as he didn't have a live music license and technically could lose his license (albeit the police would never realistically do that) See more »


Scenes show journeys to/from London crossing the A38 Tamar Bridge en-route to Port Issac. This is not the logical route for this journey as the A30 over Bodmin Moor is the direct route. See more »


Danny: No, I'm not here to hurt anyone, Jim.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits have some photographs of the real band members, and some "what happened to. . . ." notes. See more »

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Salt of the Sea Meets London Yuppies from Hoxton
18 March 2019 | by martimusrossSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie, based on a true story of a group of Cornish singing fishermen who made it big in the chart against all odds. This quintessentially British themed movie targeted for a largely British audience delivers the goods, it comes from the same genre as Four Weddings and a Funeral or indeed the recent Fighting With my Family.

Whilst this movie may be lacking in the fireworks of a car chase, organized crime, drugs and gratuitous sex, it is a solid movie in every respect. With a tight script, brilliant camera work, fine music, great scenery, and plenty of jokes, it has much to offer.

You might find some cringe-worthy scenes but they are only fleeting in their embarrassment to everyone. I would single out Daniel Mays, who played Danny the musical agent from London, for special praise, he trod the line of comedy and pathos, romantic lead and nerd so well against a backdrop of dour old seasalts.

This movie gives you exactly what is on the tin, no more and certainly no less.

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Release Date:

15 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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