Friday, May 11, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Director: Lasse Hallström
Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay),
Paul Torday (novel)


Amr Waked ... Sheikh Muhammed
Emily Blunt ... Harriet
Catherine Steadman ... Ashley
Tom Mison ... Capt. Robert Mayers
Ewan McGregor ... Dr. Alfred Jones
Rachael Stirling ... Mary Jones
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Patricia Maxwell
Tom Beard ... Peter Maxwell
Jill Baker ... Betty
Conleth Hill ... Bernard Sugden
Alex Taylor-McDowall ... Edward Maxwell
Matilda White ... Abby Maxwell
Otto Farrant ... Joshua Maxwell
Hamish Gray ... Malcolm
Clive Wood ... Tom Price-Williams

A Yemeni sheik dreams of bringing his favorite sport to his home country believing that salmon will add to the diversity of his desert home. And he's willing to put his oil money where his dreams are. But Britain's leading fishery expert is not convinced. It takes the British Prime Minister's press secretary desiring a good news story to force the project to happen.

The story's full of wry British humor and just a bit of romance as well. One thing I learned is never make assumptions until you know the whole story and dream big.

The film was definitely worth the price of a matinee. I'm not sure I'll purchase the DVD or not. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, but I don't know if either my husband or I need to see it again to remember it.

Rebecca McFarland Kyle, May 2012

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