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.

Director:

Tom McCarthy

Writer:

Tom McCarthy (as Tom Mccarthy)
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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Trivia

Peter Dinklage is a vegetarian. The beef jerky he ate in the film was made of tofu. See more »

Goofs

Fin pulls out a library card from a book that Olivia had checked out in her name. In the old library card/check system, the card would have been kept at the library to keep track of who had checked it out. It shouldn't have been placed back in the book, then released to check out. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream World
(1999)
Written by Ed Burleson
Performed by Ed Burleson
Courtesy of Tornado / Birdman Records
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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Well-acted, concise story, nicely put together
31 January 2004 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The Station Agent is one of those films where there doesn't seem to be much in the way, at least in conventional terms, of a story being told without dubious circumstance. Whoever Finbar- Fin (Peter Dinklage, in a mostly low-key, appropriately observant performance) meets in the small town of Newfoundland, NJ will either be at some degree of a friend to him, or someone who passes him by and scoffs at his apparent height of four foot five inches. The way writer/director Thomas McCarthey has characters interact with each other is also rewarding, since they come off as solid and believable to their situations (the life-affirming Joe, the sweet and lonely Olivia, the little fascinated girl Cleo, and the young, sexy Emily). And at the same time he doesn't lose sight of the center of the film, which is the obsession with trains. It's a wonderful motif to have with these characters- most especially for Fin- who don't seem to go anywhere much, and are content to watch them go by as they stay put in the town. By the end I felt like I saw a heart-warming comedy, despite the sad moments, as it went for a more human side to actions and dialog, instead of a 'slapstick-because-there's-a-dwarf' ideal to comedies. Fin is a person, and we're given him as a uniquely empathetic persona in Dinklage's performance. A-


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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