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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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Taglines:

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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Release Date:

5 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Station Agent  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$57,785 (USA) (5 October 2003)

Gross:

$5,739,376 (USA) (4 April 2004)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The train depot in the film still exists in Newfoundland, NJ. It is a popular spot for train fans to take pictures of the Susquehanna trains as they travel north through New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

When Olivia visits Fin at night with a bottle of bourbon, daylight is visible in the window behind the sofa where Olivia sits after falling down. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Silver Electric
(2000)
Music by Fetish
Lyrics by Matt Olyphant
Performed by Fetish
Courtesy of Adeline Records
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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Size matters
16 June 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Station Agent" is a slice-of-dwarf-life character study which takes a long, hard look at little person Fin (Dinklage), a train buff who inherits an old, inactive train depot where he takes up residence and then becomes involved with the locals. This poignancy packed flick spends its full 88 minute run with a sometimes cheeky, sometimes plaintive and always human development a handful characters who all have problems of their own. An extraordinary first outing for writer/director McCarthy, this little indie received raves from critical corners and applause from the public at large making it an almost sure thing for potential viewers. A wonderful film which makes the point that size does matter when it's size of character and not stature. (A-)


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