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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Finbar McBride
... Henry Styles
Jase Blankfort ... Store Customer
... Cashier (as Paula Garces)
... Carl
... Louis Tiboni
... Joe Oramas
... Olivia Harris
... Patty at the Good to Go
... Cleo
... Janice
... Emily
... Chris
... Danny (as Joe Lotruglio)
... David
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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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Loneliness is much better when you have got someone to share it with (norway DVD release).

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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5 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Station Agent  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Tom McCarthy wrote the three main roles directly for the actors who ended up playing them. McCarthy has said in interviews that at the time of writing he was friends with Peter Dinklage, an acquaintance and colleague of Bobby Cannavale, and almost a complete stranger to Patricia Clarkson. See more »

Goofs

When Fin is selecting the train book in the library, he pulls it from a shelf that contains 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 »

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

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) 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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The Beauty Of Sheer Simplicity
25 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

'The Station Agent' is a very simple but lovely quirky little film. There isn't much in terms of a plot but it works as a wonderful tone and mood piece and a brilliant study of three very likable and unique individuals and their friendship. As the audience it feels as though we are taking a glimpse into their lives and invited to be part of their experience. The cheerful background score adds to the quirkiness (without being intrusive). The screenplay is refreshing as it elegantly brings together the characters, the subtle light humour, the clever dialogues and one-liners. 'The Station Agent' is also visually pleasing, the simplistic natural green spacious settings, Olivia's lonely home, Fin's dark little one-roomed bedless stationhome and Joe's friendly van. The actors breathe life into their roles. All three of the principle cast members deliver very sincere and natural performances. Peter Dinklage acts in a very restrained manner allowing his silence to speak volumes. Bobby Cannavale is hilarious as the chatty Joe. Patricia Clarkson easily brings out the layers of Olivia and gives a strong performance. Michelle Williams holds her own. Overall, 'The Station Agent' is a delightful experience that draws smiles from the audience. An uplifting gentle little film.


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