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The Station Agent (2003)

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When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

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When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor. Written by Anonymous

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Loneliness is much better when you have got someone to share it with (norway DVD release).

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Rated R for language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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5 December 2003 (Sweden)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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£97,044 (UK) (26 March 2004)

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£266,392 (UK) (2 April 2004)
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Thomas McCarthy wrote the three main roles directly for the actors who ended up playing them. McCarthy has stated in interviews that at the time of writing he was friends with Peter Dinklage, an acquaintance and a colleague of Bobby Cannavale and almost a complete stranger to Patricia Clarkson. See more »

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When Fin is selecting the train book in the library, he pulls it from a shelf that contains entirely fiction (mostly James Patterson novels). Fiction and non-fiction books would never be on the same shelf - even in a very small library. See more »

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Henry Styles: Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride: Good morning.
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Dream World
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Written by Ed Burleson
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Beautiful character studies, unhurried but continuously captivating
8 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A story about a man with dwarfism who's hobby is trainspotting doesn't sound like an inspiring tale, but the Station Agent is a remarkable achievement in making it just that. Relocating to a fairly remote area where he has inherited some property, the main character becomes very popular - not because of his cute dwarfism, but because he exhibits an inner strength that enables people to eventually see past his physical deformity. Superb acting by all the cast, and wonderful contrasts between their inner lives and the outer personas they use to deal with the everyday superficialities of the world (including meeting new people). The film is beautiful, uplifting, realistic, without ever becoming cheesy or moralising. A joy to behold.


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