Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  112 min.
Release Date: March 9, 2012 (limited)
DVD: July 24, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 4.21
based on 66 votes and 29 reviews
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Cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked


Stuffy government fisheries scientist Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is convinced by a fishing-obsessed Arab Sheik to the impossible—introduce British salmon to the wadis of the Yemen. The Sheik believes fishing brings him closer to God and he's hoping it will have the same effect on his people.

Meanwhile, Fred finds himself falling for the Sheik's beautiful legal representative Harriet (Emily Blunt). So he rises to the Sheik's challenge, casting off his English reserve on a transformative journey of self-discovery and love.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Paul Webster
Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy
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  • 5 stars "made me want to go out and get my own rod and reel!"
  • 3 stars "decent film...not really a 'chick-flick', but good."
  • 2 stars "if you like emily blunt's smile, see it, you'll get quite a few. otherwise watch it if you fish!"