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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.

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,739,376, 4 April 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The train depot in the film still exists in Newfoundland, NJ. It is a popular spot for train fans to take pictures of the Susquehanna trains as they travel north through New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

When Fin is at the grocery checkout, the cashier's register display says the lane is closed instead of displaying the price. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Readying
(2001)
Written by Six Going On Seven
Performed by Six Going On Seven
Courtesy of Big Wheel Recreation and Doghouse Records
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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Best film of 2003
1 February 2004 | by imdbfilmcricketSee all my reviews

This is an amazing film -- it has humor, intelligence and emotion. With a minimum of dialog, it conveys a great deal of wisdom regarding the human condition.

Peter Dinklage excels as a train enthusiast who thinks a move to the small train depot he inherits may afford him the peace and quiet he craves. As a result of his dwarfism, he has been on the receiving end of too much cruelty, sometimes thoughtless but all too often intentional, so all he wants is to be left alone. Once ensconced in the depot, however, he meets a few people (most notably an artist played by Patricia Clarkson) who bring to his life all the complications involved in relationships. And that's what this film is all about: we are all fallible individuals, but ultimately we need each other.

High marks to Thomas McCarthy for directing and writing this treasure. The only thing I don't understand is why it was assigned an "R" rating.


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