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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

  • Director: Lasse Hallström
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 111 min
  • Running Time: 111 min.

A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a ‘good will’ story. Now, 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. (CBS Films)

"As the title more than hints, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is all about a leap of faith, and faith is exactly what this picture requires of us. Make the leap, and you'll be delighted by a movie that's sugary goodness, a guilty pleasure."
- Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"The film's emotional complexities don't allow for much of the canned sentiment that normally gets dished out in romantic dramas; what emerges instead, over several reels, is endearingly tender and complicated."
- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"These are characters with whom it's a pleasure to spend a couple of hours."
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A smart, winning and comic, if at times bittersweet, treat."
- Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine