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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.



(as Tom Mccarthy)
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Benjamin ...
Jase Blankfort ...
Store Customer
Cashier (as Paula Garces)
Patty at the Good to Go
Danny (as Joe Lotruglio)


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 USA:

$57,785, 5 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,739,376, 4 April 2004
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom McCarthy wrote the three main roles directly for the actors who ended up playing them. McCarthy has said in interviews that at the time of writing he was friends with Peter Dinklage, an acquaintance and colleague of Bobby Cannavale, and almost a complete stranger to Patricia Clarkson. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Henry Styles: Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride: Good morning.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 2003 (2004) See more »


Aura Lee
Arranged by Robert Hackl (as Bob Hackl) and Ken Stange
Performed by Sourcerer
Courtesy of DreamWorks Music Publishing
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favourite film of the last few years
16 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have never commented on any database about anything until now.

I wanted to find out more about the cast and Google raised this DB; I was delighted to see the customer comment facility. Reading a selection of comments I was astonished to find how much uniformity there was. Many of us seem to have had a similar experience.

I have seen the film twice. I enjoyed it so much that I thought perhaps it was because I was in the right mood and it would not stand scrutiny a second time. I enjoyed it, if anything, more on the second occasion. On both occasions when the film ended there was an audible groan of dismay from the audience that it finished long before they were ready.

It has not had a wide circulation in England and I have been a one man promotional bore encouraging friends to go to see it.

I thought that Lost in Translation would be my favourite of the last few years but it has been pushed out of the top slot.

I am surprise at a few of the comments from other contributors. "what is a coffee wagon doing in such a place", "poor script for Patricia Clarkson" etc.

For me the script, photography, acting, cutting and casting were perfect. Only one complaint- too short.

It is hard to pick the best performance and I will certainly change my mind next time I ask myself, but today I would go for Bobby Cannavale.

Geoff Livesey

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