Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

March 9th 2012
  • Comedy/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • 107 min,
  • CBS Films
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Rachael Stirling, Tom Mison, Catherine Steadman, Jill Baker, Pippa Andre, Dixie Arnold, Waleed Akhtar, James Cutting, Steven Blake, Simone Liebman, Hamish Gray, Ramsey Karim, Hamza Saeed, Sami , Wadah Almaqtari, Abdul Alhumikani, Wael Hajar, Abo Nag, Mohammed Awadh, Omar Nagi, Ala Nagi
  • Director: Lasse Hallstrom
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Paul Torday
  • Producer: Paul Webster
  • Executive Producers: Guy Avshalom, Stephen Garrett, Paula Jalfon, Zygi Kamasa
  • Art Directions: Steve Carter, Nicki McCallum
  • Casting: Fiona Weir
  • Costume Design: Jane Marcantonio
  • D.O.P.: Terry Stacey
  • Editor: Lisa Gunning
  • Makeup: Naomi Donne
  • Music: Dario Marianelli
  • Production Design: Michael Carlin
  • Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway


From the director of "Chocolat" and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Slumdog Millionaire" comes the inspirational comedy "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen."

When Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh's (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable.

But when the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a "good will" story, 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: England, Morocco, Scotland
  • MPAA Warning: Some violence and sexual content, and brief language
  • Production Companies: BBC Films, Kudos Film and Television, Lionsgate
  • Production Schedule: August 6 2010 - October 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "With "Dreamgirls" director Bill Condon departing the project due to his commitment to the "Twilight" franchise, Lasse Hallstrom took the reigns of this adaptation of Paul Torday's acclaimed novel. With a Brit List-making script by Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire"), many expected this to be a potential awards contender last year.

Then, much like what Searchlight did with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", the movie got bumped to this year. Reviews out of Toronto last year painted a pretty but not particular exciting picture, calling it a fun and cute if bland little movie. The film will hit the UK in March ahead of likely a late Spring or early Fall bow States-side through CBS Films.

Shot in London, Morocco and Scotland with a solid cast, the story follows Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor), a fisheries scientist 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 British political history forever."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 9 March 2012: Lithuania
  • 15 March 2012: Hungary
  • 22 March 2012: Singapore
  • 29 March 2012: Russia
  • 30 March 2012: Bulgaria
  • 4 April 2012: Sweden
  • 5 April 2012: Australia
  • 6 April 2012: Romania
  • 13 April 2012: Norway
  • 19 April 2012: Portugal
  • 20 April 2012: Ireland, Poland, Spain, UK
  • 3 May 2012: Netherlands
  • 4 May 2012: Estonia
  • 9 May 2012: Belgium
  • 17 May 2012: Germany, New Zealand
  • 18 May 2012: Finland, Italy
  • 31 May 2012: Denmark
  • 6 June 2012: France
  • 7 June 2012: Argentina
  • 15 June 2012: Brazil