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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Details


A handful of curious Brits become fish out of water when they get mixed up in the dream project of an eccentric sheikh in this satirical comedy. Emily Blunt is Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, a British businesswoman who manages the financial affairs of a wealthy but eccentric Arab named Sheikh Muhammed (Amr Waked). Muhammed's latest proposition involves paying fifty million pounds to fully stock a Yemeni river with salmon, and thus engender sport fishing in the desert region. To better gauge the feasibility of this wild plan, Harriet contactsDr. Alfred "Fred" Jones (Ewan McGregor), a Scottish scientist who specializes in establishing fisheries. Jones shoots the plan down instantly, but soon Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas), the press secretary to the British prime minister, catches wind of it and sees it as the ideal way to promote better international relations between England and the Middle East, especially in light of the torrent of bad news concerning terrorism and general unrest in the Arabic countries. She does everything she can to turn Jones around. Though the scientist will have no part of it at first, he's threatened with job termination if he refuses, and then sets out to create a fully stocked lake in the middle of the desert. As Jones takes on a project that ranks somewhere between ridiculous and impossible, he also finds he's falling in love with Chetwode-Talbot, though the fact that he's married and she has a boyfriend (Tom Mison) fighting in the Middle East makes things sticky. Based on the best-selling novel by Paul Torday, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen received its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 9, 2012


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Emily Blunt Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2012 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ewan McGregor Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2012 Nominee


Ewan McGregor
as Dr. Alfred Jones
Emily Blunt
as Harriet
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Patricia Maxwell
Amr Waked
as Sheikh Muhammed
Tom Mison
as Capt. Robert Mayers
Rachael Stirling
as Mary Jones
Conleth Hill
as Bernard Sugden
Tom Beard
as Peter Maxwell
Jill Baker
as Betty
Clive Wood
as Tom Price-Williams
Peter Wight
as Tory Grandee - Angus Butler
Nayef Rashed
as Rebel Leader


Lasse Hallström
Paul Webster
Simon Beaufoy
Terry Stacey
Maggie Rodford
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dario Marianelli
Composer (Music Score)
Lisa Gunning
Michael Carlin
Production Designer
Steve Carter
Art Director
Nicky Kentish Barnes
Zygi Kamasa
Executive Producer
Jamie Laurenson
Executive Producer
Stephen Garrett
Executive Producer
Paula Jalfon
Executive Producer
Rebecca Alleway
Set Decorator
Julian Day
Costume Designer
Martin Cantwell
Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Barnes
Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Penry-Davey
First Assistant Director
Fiona Weir
Samuel Hadida
Co-Executive Producer
Tori Parry
Line Producer
Jamie Edgell
Stunts Coordinator
Olivia Lloyd
Second Assistant Director
Muffin Green
Properties Master
Shaida Day
Costumes Supervisor
Stefan Drury
Visual Effects
Norma Webb
Hair Designer
Norma Webb
Victor Hadida
Co-Executive Producer
Naomi Donne
Naomi Donne
Hair Designer
Francesca Dowd
Production Coordinator
Harry Barnes
Supervising Sound Editor
Susanna Lenton
Script Supervisor
Helen de Winter
Post Production Supervisor
Shaun O'Dell
Second Unit Director