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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.



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





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


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


Loneliness is much better when you have got someone to share it with (norway DVD release).


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Station Agent  »


Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The book that Joe reads is "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque. See more »


When Fin picks up the groceries for Olivia, he has his bag on his shoulder. The bag is not there when he delivers the groceries, but it returns after he has left Olivia's house. See more »


[first lines]
Henry Styles: Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride: Good morning.
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References Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »


Beautiful End
Written by Fred Shafer and Bruce Wojick
Performed by Klear
Courtesy of www.klearband.com
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Less is more
2 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

So much to say, so little time...

The Station Agent came along and reminded me how movie making should be. Simple, natural, humane. At first, I hesitated to watch it because films about "less fortunate people" tend to get cheesy and try too hard to make you shed a tear. People only praise them because they feel sorry for the main character... but this time you won't get any of that gratuitous sentimentality.

In my opinion, the movie's greatest quality is that it never insists in pointing out the obvious (that life is unfair), instead it shows you the interior journey of the three main characters towards acceptance/understanding of their condition/situation. All made possible by the perfectly natural performances of these wonderful actors. You know what they think and feel without them having to say "deep" things like people in most artsy pictures do. All the magic is in the normal, everyday details, subtle gestures, filmed with a lot of good taste and without the use of cute or overly dramatic elements. The soundtrack fits like a glove with slow, bitter-sweet guitar tunes that feel fresh and create a sensible, warm mood.

Experiencing this film is worth so much more than all the soulless excitement and drama we're usually treated with. I've watched it a lot of times and I appreciated it more and more with each viewing. The characters are more real to me than a lot of fake people I know. I also warmly recommend The Straight Story if you like to walk away from movies with more than you came in.

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