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The Station Agent (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 December 2003 (USA)
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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.


(as Tom Mccarthy)


(as Tom Mccarthy)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Station Agent  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$57,785 (USA) (3 October 2003)


£266,392 (UK) (2 April 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The train depot seen in the film still remains in Newfoundland, NJ. It is a popular spot for railfans to take pictures of the Susquahanna trains as they chase them north through NJ, just as Joe and Fin did in the film. See more »


When Joe is making lunch for Fin and Olivia, the meat has grill marks, even though it's being fried with onions in a pan. See more »


[first lines]
Henry Styles: Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride: Good morning.
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References Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »


Written by Six Going On Seven
Performed by Six Going On Seven
Courtesy of Big Wheel Recreation and Doghouse Records
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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Size matters
16 June 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Station Agent" is a slice-of-dwarf-life character study which takes a long, hard look at little person Fin (Dinklage), a train buff who inherits an old, inactive train depot where he takes up residence and then becomes involved with the locals. This poignancy packed flick spends its full 88 minute run with a sometimes cheeky, sometimes plaintive and always human development a handful characters who all have problems of their own. An extraordinary first outing for writer/director McCarthy, this little indie received raves from critical corners and applause from the public at large making it an almost sure thing for potential viewers. A wonderful film which makes the point that size does matter when it's size of character and not stature. (A-)

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