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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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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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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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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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Distribution rights were acquired by Miramax for around $1.5 million. 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 »

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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 »

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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

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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