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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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Tom McCarthy

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dinklage ... Finbar McBride
Paul Benjamin ... Henry Styles
Jase Blankfort Jase Blankfort ... Store Customer
Paula Garcés ... Cashier (as Paula Garces)
Josh Pais ... Carl
Richard Kind ... Louis Tiboni
Bobby Cannavale ... Joe Oramas
Patricia Clarkson ... Olivia Harris
Lynn Cohen ... Patty at the Good to Go
Raven Goodwin ... Cleo
Marla Sucharetza ... Janice
Michelle Williams ... Emily
Jayce Bartok ... Chris
Joe Lo Truglio ... Danny (as Joe Lotruglio)
John Slattery ... David
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Loneliness is much better when you have got someone to share it with (norway DVD release).

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Station Agent See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,785, 5 October 2003

Gross USA:

$5,739,376

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,701,337
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Williams (Emily) and Bobby Carnevale (Joe) are the ex wife and husband of Heath Ledger and Rose Byrne, co stars in the cult Australian film, Two Hands. See more »

Goofs

Set in New Jersey, but Emily's car has Arizona license plates. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Styles: Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride: Good morning.
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Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2015 Re-Cap (So Far) (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ruined Your Life
(2002)
Written by Alice Stuart and Greg Davison
Performed by Alice Stuart
Courtesy of Burnside Records
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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favourite film of the last few years
16 July 2004 | by grandaliveseySee 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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