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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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Tom McCarthy

Writer:

Tom McCarthy (as Tom Mccarthy)
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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

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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Station Agent See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,785, 5 October 2003

Gross USA:

$5,739,376

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,701,337
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point two locals taunt Finbar referencing his size. One calls out the famous line from Fantasy that was iconic for Herve Villechaize "The plane! The plane!" Dinklage portrayed the tragic figure in 2018's "My Dinner with Herve". See more »

Goofs

When Fin and Joe spend the night at Olivia's, the towel she brings to Fin and places at the foot of the bed disappears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 2003 (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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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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