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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2011

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The story of Dr Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist - for whom diary -notable events include the acquisition of a new electric toothbrush and getting his article on caddies fly larvae published in 'Trout and Salmon' - who finds himself reluctantly involved in a project to bring salmon fishing to the Highlands of the Yemen - a project that will change his life, and the course of British politica.

Amr Waked, Emily Blunt
1 hour, 47 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Lasse Hallström
Starring Amr Waked, Emily Blunt
Supporting actors Catherine Steadman, Tom Mison, Ewan McGregor, Rachael Stirling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Beard, Jill Baker, Conleth Hill, Alex Taylor-McDowall, Matilda White, Otto Farrant, Hamish Gray, Clive Wood, Nayef Rashed, Peter Wight, Waleed Akhtar, Steven Blake, Hugh Simon
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 2 May 2012
Format: DVD
"Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" is an entertaining ,original film about a Fisheries expert who gets involved in a bizarre plan to introduce salmon fishing into the desert land of Yemen at the whim of a rich Arab sheikh. Salmon fishing is his passion and he is prepared to spend millions to achieve his dream. Ewan McGregor plays the somewhat abrasive and unlikeable Fisheries man and he hooks up with Emily Blunt's investment house official and tries to put this unlikely scheme into effect. McGregor's marriage has hit a rocky patch while Blunt's boyfriend is in Afghanistan. Will the pair find love as they strive to introduce salmon into the Yemen ? The film is part comedy , mostly originating from Kirsten Scott Thomas's Prime Ministers Press Officer ,and part romance. Although I thought the film was a little overlong , I quite enjoyed it , mostly for its quirky and unusual storyline.
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Sevvysgirl on 27 May 2012
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The beautifully written script elevates this fishy tale above the norm, and turns a unique storyline into something highly watchable. It somehow manages to combine inspiration, sentimentally and comedy - in equal measure - into the mix of this quirky little film, without any of those aspects being overdone. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt give outstanding performances, whilst Kristen Scott-Thomas almost steals the show as the sharper-than-nails acerbic Prime Minister's Press Secretary, snapping and barking at everyone, with great comedic effect, in order to get the story she wants.

Whilst this was never going to be a box-office record breaker (and probably only really appeals to a small percentage of the population who like 'quirky', 'British' and 'gentle'), it is definitely one to be recommended. As unlikely as the subject appears to be, it somehow works. Probably because it doesn't try to be too clever, but, instead, shows up human frailties and injects that little bit of something we all need ... faith that it will all come right in the end.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By on 9 July 2012
Format: DVD
The story is unusual to say the least. A hugely wealthy Sheikh from The Yemen makes enquiries via his British PA (Emily Blunt) as to whether he can pull off his vision for creating a salmon fishing lake in the middle of the dessert.

The Prime Minster's press officer (played superbly by Kristin Scott Thomas) gets wind of this and jumps on it to secure some feel-good news between Arab-UK relations instead of the endless war stories. Ewan McGregor plays a boring, unhappily married salmon expert (rather well I might add) and helps the Sheikh to make his vision a reality although he takes some persuading that it is even possible.

There is great humanity to this story. Everyone is on a personal journey as well and there are plenty of laughs and tears along the way as we embark upon this unlikely love story.

I love Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt anyway so this was always going to be a winner for me.

Great story, great acting, great scenery and goes to show what we can achieve if you have a little faith. Would definitely recommend if you're into all these things. I really enjoyed it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By bizmandan on 4 Mar. 2013
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How utterly boring does the title of this film seem? For me it brought thoughts of men in waders, drinking tea from a flask and eating meat paste sandwiches. Maybe it is because I was brought up no where near the sea and I haven't gone fishing in all my years on this earth but the thought of a film about fishing just seems like an instant low score. A great injustice the title does this film then, as after watching it, I can safely say that Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is easily one of my favourite films of 2012.

The story of this film is pretty much what it says on the tin, a very rich Sheikh loves salmon fishing and he wants salmon in the Yemen, something that is seemingly impossible. Again, I think this sounds like a snore fest, but you would be surprised how much story you can wrap around this original premise.

To my mind I can't think of a single character in this film that I didn't find completely likable. Ewan McGregor played one of the best parts I have ever seen him in, dropping his usual sexy charm for the wader-wearing-tea-drinking-meat-paste-sandwich-eating kind of person I was talking about in a previous paragraph. He is delightfully awkward and plays the old dog can't learn new tricks part so, so well. Of course his part would never be so endearing if the character didn't have layers, and McGregor hints at his immense dissatisfaction of his life without ever breaking his keep calm and carry on faade. To act with such a delicate touch shows such a mastery of his craft, and I'm sure credit is due to the director as well.

Emily Blunt brings plenty of electric to the production as a confident professional woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Ryder on 7 April 2014
Format: DVD
A rich sheikh loves salmon fishing and wants to introduce the practice to his native Yemen. After another PR disaster (that's war and killing btw) in the Middle East, the British government decides it needs a good news story and sends fisheries expert Fred (Ewan McGregor) and a member of the sheikh's consultancy firm, Harriet (Emily Blunt) to help establish a salmon farm. Fred is sceptical, but fleeing a failing marriage, and Harriet is trying to distract herself from her boyfriend who is MIA in Afghanistan.

This is a decent enough romcom, with Blunt managing to make posh girl Harriet sympathetic and Kristin Scott-Thomas stealing the show as a waspish, acid-tongued government spin doctor (and no-nonsense mum). What misfires is Ewan McGregor as Fred. You may not be prepared to believe that Harriet would fall for a middle-aged, nerdy, Aspergic fishing-fanatic, but that's the plot. As played by Ewan McG, he could virtually double for her soldier boyfriend. They've made no attempt beyond a cardi in one scene to transform him in any way whatsoever and the script and acting can't compensate. His Fred is in marked contrast to Rachael Stirling as his wife, who has a wardrobe, voice, hair style and demeanour which all suggest the rigidity of mid-life conformism and staleness. I know they'll have wanted a 'name' in the role, and I'm not suggesting they should have cast a proverbial 'JR Hartley' (sorry, that ref. will only mean something to Brits who were born before the 90s), but Stirling is young and attractive and manages to be convincing here. McGregor just doesn't, and it really shows.
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