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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.

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Ashley
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Capt. Robert Mayers
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Peter Maxwell
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Betty
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Bernard Sugden
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Matilda White ...
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Joshua Maxwell
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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20 April 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Lov na losose u Jemenu  »

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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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Trivia

Ewan McGregor had to learn the art of fly fishing for his role as Dr. Alfred Jones. See more »

Goofs

When the dam opens it floods the fish tank. The fish tank should be above the dam as the fish swim upstream. If the fish were below the dam, flooded as in movie, they could not migrate upstream.

Since the lake formed above the dam was created from underground aquifers (as stated in the movie) there can be no streams running into the lake and thus no way for the fish to run up stream. Salmon run in flowing streams and the water from the lake provides that. 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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Referenced in Maron: Jen Moves to L.A. (2013) See more »

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Mairi's Wedding
Mairi's Wedding (Lewis Bridal Song) (c) 1937 by Hugh S. Roberton
Used by permission of Roberton Publications, a part of Goodmusic Publishing Ltd
Arranged by Jim Sutherland
Mike Kearney - Vocals
Austen George - Guitar, vocals
Claire Nelson - Banjo, vocals
Jim Sutherland - bass and percussion
Master Owner: Courtesy of Yemen Productions
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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 See 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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