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The Station Agent -- Winner of 2003 Sundance Film Festival awards, The Station Agent stars Emmy Award winner Patricia Clarkson (TV's Six Feet Under, Far From Heaven), Peter Dinklage (Elf) and Bobby Cannavale (TV's 24, Third Watch) in a comedy about friendship that will have you smiling long after the final credits.
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The Station Agent -- 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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Loneliness is much better when you have got someone to share it with (norway DVD release).
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A note-perfect little film that draws you in with the slightest of touches to produce a wonderful little film that is well acted, well written and well directed See more (284 total) »


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Directed by
Tom McCarthy 
Writing credits
Tom McCarthy (written by) (as Tom Mccarthy)

Produced by
Richard Cohan .... associate producer
Robert May .... producer
Mary Jane Skalski .... producer
Kathryn Tucker .... producer
Joshua Zeman .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stephen Trask 
Cinematography by
Oliver Bokelberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tom McArdle  (as Tom Mcardle)
Casting by
Kerry Barden  (as Barden)
Billy Hopkins  (as Hopkins)
Suzanne Smith  (as Smith)
Production Design by
John Paino 
Art Direction by
Len X. Clayton 
Set Decoration by
Erin Ohanneson 
Costume Design by
Jeanne DuPont  (as Jeanne Dupont)
Makeup Department
Dana Elder .... hair stylist
Dana Elder .... makeup artist
Julia Lallas .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Neil Driscoll Jr. .... unit manager (as Neil Driscoll)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christina Fontana .... second second assistant director
Jared Trimble .... second assistant director
Art Department
Hugo Bravo .... scenic
Richie Bravo .... scenic
Jean Chen .... swing
John El Manahi .... scenic (as John Elmanahi)
Barry Ferguson .... carpenter
Jessalyn Gilsig .... original paintings
Lovisa Inserra .... art production assistant
Todd Kancar .... scenic
Erin Ohanneson .... props
Aaron Schneider .... carpenter
Valerie Seibenberg .... art production assistant
Len Stefaniak .... carpenter
Stefan Szymanski .... carpenter
Hanna Varady .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Kevin Bowe .... boom operator
Damian Canelos .... production sound mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Sean French .... assistant sound engineer
Paul Hsu .... sound designer
Joseph Hyun .... assistant sound editor
Dave Lasala .... assistant sound engineer
John Moros .... assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Kristopher Medina .... stunt double
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Antoszczyk .... first assistant camera
Shaka Brookes .... additional grip (as Shaka Brooks)
Chris Clarke .... additional electrician
Chris Clarke .... additional grip
Jeffrey Dutemple .... additional first assistant camera
Jill Graziano .... additional still photographer
Mike Jackson .... additional electrician (as Mike A. Jackson)
Chris Jara .... best boy electric
Jennifer Johnson .... additional key grip
Dan Keane .... key grip
Chae Kihn .... still photographer
Julia Lallas .... additional still photographer
Paul McCluskey .... best boy grip (as Paul Mccluskey)
Alan McIntyre Smith .... gaffer (as Alan Smith)
Andy Motz .... additional electrician (as Andy T. Motz)
Andy Motz .... additional grip (as Andy T. Motz)
Philip Peschlow .... second assistant camera
James Quigley .... additional electrician
James Quigley .... additional grip
Jonathan Sims .... additional best boy grip
Dustin Smither .... camera loader
Craig Striano .... additional electrician
Craig Striano .... additional grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonya Jurgens .... wardrobe assistant
Liz Romano .... additional wardrobe assistant
Lisa Schenone .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Claudine Blain .... negative cutter
Steve Calalang .... dailies colorist
David Dawkins .... editing facilities: Radical Avid
Luis Furtado .... color consultant
Jean-Paul Mageren .... color consultant
Joaquin Perez .... assistant editor
Vladimir Zabransky .... color timer (as Vladimir Zabranski)
Paul Zucker .... assistant editor
Richard Haylock .... digital intermediate technician (uncredited)
Location Management
Beth Avery .... location manager
Joshua Fischer .... location assistant
Matt Longwell .... location scout
Adam Mutchler .... assistant location manager (as Adam Mutchier)
Music Department
Paul Hsu .... music editor
Julian Koster .... musician: saw, bowed banjo and banjo
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Ben Ross .... musician: harmonica
Stephen Trask .... musician: EXS24/ES2, guitar and keyboard
Stephen Trask .... score recordist
Ann West .... musician: cello
Wendi Morris .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Liz Bradley .... key set production assistant (as Elizabeth Bradley)
Paul Brennan .... legal counsel: Sloss Law Office
Emerson Bruns .... legal counsel: Rudolph & Beer
Bill Corcoran .... printer: Corcoran Printing
James Debbs .... production coordinator
Walter DeForest .... set production assistant (as Walter De Forest)
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... legal counsel: Sloss Law Office (as Jackie Eckhouse)
John B. Finn .... production accountant: JFA Inc. (as John Finn)
Cori Fromkin Ship .... script supervisor
Jonathan Gray .... legal counsel: Spinak and Gray
Pete Hayes .... production accountant: JFA Inc.
Britten Leigh Heft .... set production assistant
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Charles Herzfeld .... technical coordinator
Marshall Jacobson .... legal counsel: Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald (as Marshall Jacobson Esq.)
Bill Jentz .... Newfoundland depot courtesy of
Terry H. Jones .... accounting services: Jones Konhanski & Co.
Jenny Kranson .... assistant: Robert May
Christopher Lagdamen .... set production assistant
Paul Leber .... footage provider: Super 8 train footage
Zhana Londoner .... production coordinator (as Snezhana Kushnir)
Dustin Lucien .... additional set production assistant
Ray Mara .... caterer: Renaissance Catering
Robert Marc .... eyewear supplier
Larry Medico .... additional intern
Ramon Morales Mendoza .... set intern
Ross Miller .... insurance: DR Reiff and Associates
Cristina Ramiro Monroy .... set intern (as Christina Ramiro)
Juan Sanchez .... set intern
John Sloss .... legal counsel: Sloss Law Office
Robert Spinak .... legal counsel: Spinak and Gray
Vilka Tzouras .... assistant: Mary Jane Skalski
Christian Zak .... digital supervisor
Ian M. Stratford .... production counsel (uncredited)
Joe Alesso .... special thanks
Michael Angle .... special thanks
Earl Baker Jr. .... special thanks
Kara Baker .... special thanks (as Kara Baker-Young)
Donna L. Bascom .... special thanks (as Donna Bascom)
Sarah Bassine .... special thanks
John Harrington Bland .... special thanks (as John Bland)
William Bloomfield .... special thanks
Larry Brand .... special thanks
Chet Brett .... special thanks
Jacqueline Brogan .... special thanks
Kendall Chambers .... special thanks
Kate Churchill .... special thanks
Barbara Cohen .... special thanks
Michael Danek .... special thanks
Marcia DeBonis .... special thanks (as Marcia Debonis)
Sybil Dessau .... special thanks
Jonathan Dinklage .... special thanks
Meghan Duttenhofer .... special thanks
Steve Duttenhofer .... special thanks
Simon Fill .... special thanks
Katie Finneran .... special thanks
Boris Frumin .... special thanks
Gordon Fuller .... special thanks
Dominic Fumusa .... special thanks (as Domonic Fumusa)
Jack Gagne .... special thanks
Pete Gakos .... special thanks
Dan Glassman .... special thanks
Randi Goldstein .... special thanks
Mike Gorga .... special thanks
Amy Hargreaves .... thanks (as Amy Selmes)
Karla Harscheid .... special thanks
Gene Hess .... special thanks
Danny Hooton .... special thanks
Takeo Hori .... special thanks
Libby Jeramaz .... special thanks
Jill Johnson .... special thanks
Caroline Kaplan .... special thanks
Kevin Kappock .... special thanks
Rebecca Kitt .... special thanks
Sam Kitt .... special thanks
Michael Klufas .... special thanks
Brian Kreider .... special thanks
Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte .... special thanks (as Jeff Levy Hinte)
Charlie Lang .... special thanks
Robert Law .... special thanks
Susan Leber .... special thanks
Lisa Leingang .... special thanks
Sophia Lin .... special thanks
Alicia Loving .... special thanks
Michael Lubin .... special thanks (as Mike Lubin)
Sidney Lumet .... special thanks
Heather Male .... special thanks
Erin May .... special thanks
Evan May .... special thanks
Mary Lynn May .... special thanks
Amy McCarthy .... special thanks (as Amy Mccarthy)
Bill McCarthy .... special thanks (as Bill Mccarthy)
Carol McCarthy .... special thanks (as Carol Mccarthy)
Eugene McCarthy .... special thanks (as Eugene Mccarthy)
Jay McCarthy .... special thanks (as Jay Mccarthy)
John McCarthy .... special thanks (as John Mccarthy)
Kate Meckley .... special thanks
Ann Murphy .... special thanks
Robert H. Nathan .... special thanks
Rick Owens .... special thanks
Andrew Pang .... special thanks
Aashlesha Patel .... special thanks
Chelsea Pennebaker .... special thanks
Joel Perry .... special thanks
Robert Peters .... special thanks
Bill Phillips .... special thanks
Krysia Plonka .... special thanks
Liz Plonka .... special thanks
Michael Pressman .... special thanks
Rhonda Price .... special thanks
Richard Reichert .... special thanks
Max Rissman .... special thanks
Paul Rissman .... special thanks
Trevor Ristow .... special thanks
Jay Roach .... special thanks
Sam Rockwell .... special thanks
Jeff Rose .... special thanks
Carter Schelling .... special thanks
Steve Schueren .... special thanks
Nick Scinto .... special thanks
Amy Selmes .... special thanks
Orlando Sema .... special thanks
Jonathan Marc Sherman .... special thanks
Christina Sibul .... special thanks
Steven Simone-Friedland .... special thanks (as Steve Friedland)
Eric Simonson .... special thanks
Barry R. Sisson .... special thanks: SenArt Films Partners
Lemore Syvan .... special thanks
Bruce Thomas .... special thanks
Joseph Tiboni .... special thanks
Leif Ueland .... special thanks
Daisy von Scherler Mayer .... special thanks (as Daisy Von Sherler Mayer)
Kate Walsh .... special thanks
Matt Warren .... special thanks
John Weekley .... special thanks
Christopher Weir .... special thanks
Bradley White .... special thanks
Stephen Whritenour .... special thanks
Darnell Williams .... special thanks
Scott Yoselow .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some drug content
89 min
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The book that Joe reads is 'All Quiet On The Western Front' by Erich Maria Remarque.See more »
Continuity: 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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130 out of 147 people found the following review useful.
A note-perfect little film that draws you in with the slightest of touches to produce a wonderful little film that is well acted, well written and well directed, 29 September 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Finbar has lived all his life with dwarfism and has carved out a pleasantly quiet living working in the back room of a model train shop. When the owner dies suddenly, Fin finds himself without a place of employment but with the inheritance of a patch of land and an old railway depot. Moving up there, he finds the usual pointing and staring and just continues his shut off existence. However a literal run-in with woman suffering loss and an overfriendly coffee stand vendor mean that he is forced to do something he has never really done before – have friends.

Maybe it is because its plot-lite, quirky nature is aimed at the same crowd that was still busy talking about Lost in Translation but The Station Agent seemed to be gone from the cinemas almost as quickly as it entered it. Not unusual even in a big city like Birmingham – generally non-blockbusters are only given a week, two at most before they are shunted off the screens by something else; but for it to happen to a film that easily matches Lost in Translation for sheer quirky humour and genuine emotional involvement is a real shame because this is a film that I will recommend (but not hype) to anyone who will listen to me. In terms of story, not much happens but three rather solitary souls come together, becoming friends but also bringing all their issues, baggage and problems with them. In terms of substance this is where it is at as the well written script allows Fin's seclusion to be part of him, Joe's innocently friendly nature to be as real as his speed to be wounded while the complexity of Olivia's friendship with Fin is never as simple as it would seem if I were just to state it here. It slowly draws you in with its gentle nature but it really does deliver an engaging and touching story.

The quirky touch and the gentle humour is very well observed even though at points it was rather obviously delivered with the use of 'quirky' music and strange looking shots. It is this that sets a very nice foundation for the deeper stuff that is to come and helps us buy into the characters early on so that we are there when we need to be. This quirky tone goes across the whole film and I think the only way I can describe it is to call it 'lovely'; it was lovely and it produced a delightful film that is easy to settle into and really enjoy. Dinklage is excellent; he is almost silent at times but gradually grows and you can see in his face his issues but also him struggling to come to terms with this sudden acceptance he appears to be being given as well as his own desire to trust people where he has never had a reason to before. It is very easy to praise Clarkson for strong performances but she has done it yet again with a performance that makes her character so layered but also so revealing without ever being obvious. Cannavale is given less story and character to work with but he makes the most of it and effortlessly avoids the 'yaw bro' cliché that he could easily have been and produces a sensitive, likable and sympathetic character with comparatively little material. The film has others in it but these three are the core and, with three wonderful leads how could the film have been anything less than it was?

Overall this is a very slight film that ends as quietly as it began and has little in the way of plot in between. However it has a wonderful mood delivered by unfussy direction, a unobtrusive and fitting score, wonderfully written characters and three wonderful lead performances. Missed by many on its cinema release, this is a wonderful little film that I hope will continue to surprise those that come across it during the coming years on DVD, cable and television.

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