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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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Writer (WGA):
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5 December 2003 (USA) See more »
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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Directed by
Thomas McCarthy  (as Tom Mccarthy)
Writing credits
Thomas 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)
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
Beth Avery .... location manager
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)
Joshua Fischer .... location assistant
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)
Matt Longwell .... location scout
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)
Adam Mutchler .... assistant location manager (as Adam Mutchier)
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Directorial debut of Thomas McCarthy.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Fin is selecting the train book in the library, he pulls it from a shelf that contains entirely fiction (mostly James Patterson novels). Fiction and non-fiction books would never be on the same shelf - even in a very small library.See more »
[first lines]
Henry Styles:Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride:Good morning.
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Movie Connections:
References "Fantasy Island" (1977)See more »
Beautiful EndSee more »


How does it end?
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181 out of 193 people found the following review useful.
a genuine charmer, 12 December 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Thomas McCarthy's 'The Station Agent' is a joyous and wondrous tale of three rather unique and quirky individuals whose lives intersect at an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey.

When a dwarf named Fin inherits the station from a business partner, he moves there, hoping to find a place where he will finally be free from all the prying eyes, pointing fingers and knowing smiles he's been subjected to all his life. However, Fin finds that, even in isolation, it's not always easy to be alone. As soon as he takes up residence in his new abode, he meets up with Olivia and Joe, two people with whom he seems to have little in common, but with whom he manages to forge a lasting friendship. Olivia is a struggling artist who lost her young son two years earlier in a freak accident. Grief-stricken and trying to put the pieces of her life back together, Olivia experiences major mood swings that make it hard for others to get close to her, no matter how hard they try. Fin, likewise, is a shy, taciturn young man who has pretty much given up the possibility that he will ever be able to have a 'normal' relationship with other people (let alone women). Thus, he turns inward, throwing up barriers in an effort to keep people out of his life, hoping that, by doing so, he will avoid getting hurt any further. Joe, on the other hand, is a garrulous young Cuban who runs a hot dog stand right outside Fin's station, a man who chatters on endlessly about any subject and sees nothing wrong with forcing himself into Fin's life, blithely unaware that his company is the last thing Fin wants. Yet, Joe is so openhearted and good-natured that even Fin, though desperately craving privacy and silence, hasn't the heart to dampen the young man's desire for companionship and friendship. Somehow, through the trials and tribulations of daily living, these three strangers develop a bond of friendship, love and mutual support.

The set-up for 'The Station Agent' could have led to any number of serious pitfalls, given its potential for unbridled quirkiness and feel-good sentimentality However, McCarthy has managed to walk that fine line between preciousness and charm, contrivance and originality, calculation and spontaneity. He has fashioned an adroit screenplay filled with likable characters, rueful humor, clever one-liners and restrained slapstick. The film is less concerned with storyline and plot than it is with tone, mood and character interaction. Throughout the film, we seem to be eavesdropping on the lives of these people, understanding that we will never fully know all the life experiences that have gone into making them the people they are today, but happy to spend just this little bit of time with them anyway.

'The Station Agent' is a masterpiece of fine acting, with Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale delivering pitch-perfect, bell-ringing performances. As the reticent dwarf, Dinklage is particularly brilliant at creating a character out of little more than body language and facial expressions. His work here offers definitive proof that some of the greatest acting and character development can be accomplished with a minimum of dialogue.

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