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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H11P2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,047 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, stars Ewan McGregor as Fred Jones, a fisheries expert who is approached by Harriet (Emily Blunt) with a plan to introduce salmon into the waterways of Yemen. Despite Fred’s protests, he soon finds himself working on a project that seems not only frivolous but absolutely unfeasible in the arid land of Yemen. But as the mission begins, they soon find that hope can spring – even in the most unexpected places!

Written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire), directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) and featuring hilarious performances from the stellar cast, Salmon Fishing is an unmissable tale of overcoming the odds!

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"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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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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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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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 façade. 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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By Petra TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2012
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Salmon fishing in the Yemen is a DVD which I would recommend to all as it is one of the funniest films which I have watched in a long time which did not depend on innuendos to bring on the canned laughter.
The main characters of the film were of course Fred Jones acted by Ewan McGregor a fisheries expert who is approached by Harriet acted by Emily Blunt with a plan to introduce salmon fishing to the desert covered Yemen to please her very rich employer Sheikh Muhammad (Amr Waked - Syriana). Harriet is his personal assistant and her character works brilliant with Fred Jones as her very glowing personality really seems to bounce of Fred Jones as he really is the most straight laced character who seems to come alive just being in the company of Harriet before meeting Harriet the only other living thing to bring happiness to Fred's face was being with his prized fish. As always Ewan McGregor's acting is first class and he gives a two dimensional character some soul, as I know through the film Asperger's was mentioned and it would really explain the personality of Fred. Like all romances there are problems along the way which come from very unsuspecting sources and some created by one of my favourite actresses Kristen Scott Thomas. Kristen Scott Thomas was the one character who always brought a smile to my face and she acts the very loud and sometimes very unlikeable Patricia Maxwell the Spin Doctor who controls her home as she does the government. This character could really make a story out of an ant hill but when she decides Afghanistan is getting too much bad press which was making the government look bad therefore this new venture of bringing fly fishing to the Yemen is the perfect story for the government to look good for a change.
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