I was pleasantly surprised once again, by the actors, the scenery, the storyline.
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. Written by Anonymous
But to me it was more than that it had a great storyline of salmon, and the Sheik and romance, but underlying there was a message of faith. The Sheik gathers a team to include Dr. Frederick Jones who is baffled, dumbfounded and has no faith into this project by demand of the prime minister to make things look good in the Middle East despite the wars and things. Dr. Jones had no faith and made it evident throughout the movie until almost the end. When something changed in him. He started having feelings for his counterpart Harriet and then bits of words and wisdom that come from what I believe some fly-fisher’s heart, mind and soul were spoken by the Sheik-an avid fly-fisher himself. One of the most touching scenes in the movie was when the Sheik asked Dr. Jones if he was a man of Faith. Dr. Jones laughed and said not at all… the Sheik somewhat surprised replied how could a fly fisher amidst all the flies be out on the water, surrounded by God’s beauty even if no fish is caught it is the faith of being out there and feeling God’s goodness. (not quoted). This is what fly fishing is for me.
Fishing for Words has a great portrayal written on his site about the movie.
It did not get great reviews by the critics, but movie lovers to include me really liked this film and I would recommend it.