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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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Release Date:

5 December 2003 (Sweden)  »

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Station Agent  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£97,044 (UK) (26 March 2004)

Gross:

£266,392 (UK) (2 April 2004)
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Such were the budgetary constraints on this 20-day shoot, Patricia Clarkson's modified trailer - a windowless contraption - had originally been used for transporting horses. See more »

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When Fin picks up the groceries for Olivia, he has his bag on his shoulder. The bag is not there when he delivers the groceries, but it returns after he has left Olivia's house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Styles: Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride: Good morning.
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Silver Electric
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Music by Fetish
Lyrics by Matt Olyphant
Performed by Fetish
Courtesy of Adeline Records
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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Best film of 2003
1 February 2004 | by (Two Egg, FL) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing film -- it has humor, intelligence and emotion. With a minimum of dialog, it conveys a great deal of wisdom regarding the human condition.

Peter Dinklage excels as a train enthusiast who thinks a move to the small train depot he inherits may afford him the peace and quiet he craves. As a result of his dwarfism, he has been on the receiving end of too much cruelty, sometimes thoughtless but all too often intentional, so all he wants is to be left alone. Once ensconced in the depot, however, he meets a few people (most notably an artist played by Patricia Clarkson) who bring to his life all the complications involved in relationships. And that's what this film is all about: we are all fallible individuals, but ultimately we need each other.

High marks to Thomas McCarthy for directing and writing this treasure. The only thing I don't understand is why it was assigned an "R" rating.


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