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The Station Agent (2003)

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)
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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

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

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5 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Station Agent  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$57,785 (USA) (3 October 2003)

Gross:

$5,739,376 (USA) (2 April 2004)
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Trivia

The last name of the character of the will executor is the last name of director Tom McCarthy 's high school friend and co-writer of Win Win (2011), Joe Tiboni. See more »

Goofs

Fin identifies the train route from Los Angeles to San Francisco as the Starlight Express. In fact, it is the Coast Starlight; "Starlight Express" is the title of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. See more »

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[first lines]
Henry Styles: Morning, professor.
Finbar McBride: Good morning.
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »

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I Ruined Your Life
(2002)
Written by Alice Stuart and Greg Davison
Performed by Alice Stuart
Courtesy of Burnside Records
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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Beautiful character studies, unhurried but continuously captivating
8 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A story about a man with dwarfism who's hobby is trainspotting doesn't sound like an inspiring tale, but the Station Agent is a remarkable achievement in making it just that. Relocating to a fairly remote area where he has inherited some property, the main character becomes very popular - not because of his cute dwarfism, but because he exhibits an inner strength that enables people to eventually see past his physical deformity. Superb acting by all the cast, and wonderful contrasts between their inner lives and the outer personas they use to deal with the everyday superficialities of the world (including meeting new people). The film is beautiful, uplifting, realistic, without ever becoming cheesy or moralising. A joy to behold.


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