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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)


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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).


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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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 »


Near the beginning of the film, Olivia's shirt has a small hole right in the middle of the front. The fabric is undamaged in subsequent scenes. See more »


[first lines]
Henry Styles: Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride: Good morning.
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) 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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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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