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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 budget was so small that Patricia Clarkson's windowless trailer had originally been used for transporting horses. 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 The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit 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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Even better than I expected
3 September 2004 | by MsLizSee all my reviews

I heard the comments, I read the reviews, but actually seeing The Station Agent was even better than I had expected. I watched it in a library--and it was almost a full house for the showing tonight. At the end there was a burst of applause. I watch movies in libraries quite often, but I can't remember the last time I heard applause when the movie was over.

Another movie (Lost in Translation is in this group) which doesn't settle for the oh-too-obvious "fall in love" clichés, and presents supportive friendship as a worthwhile choice. I think that working towards friendship is a tremendous possibility (and never one that you have to regret in the morning)!


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