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  • Actors: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Raven Goodwin, Paul Benjamin
  • Directors: Tom McCarthy
  • Producers: Robert May, Mary Jane Skalski, Kathryn Tucker
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XBOB16
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winner of the Audience Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, this offbeat independent comedy drama stars Peter Dinklage as Finbar McBride, a lonely man with dwarfism who moves to an abandoned train station in rural New Jersey to live the life of a hermit after suffering the bereavement of his best - and possibly only - friend. But despite his intention to live a solitary existence, he unexpectedly meets fellow loners Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), an artist devastated by the loss of her son and subsequent separation from her husband, and Joe (Bobby Cannavale), an open and friendly hot dog vendor whose good-natured demeanour lays waste to Fin's emotional barricades. The unlikely trio struggle with the conflict between their instinct to connect and open up to each other, and their need to carry on existing in the less risky state of isolation.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mantin on 26 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
At last: a movie starring a dwarf who isn't a sidekick, isn't a leprechaun and doesn't spew 'wisecracks' such as, "Can you lend me a dime, I'm a little short. Hur hur hur!" Most certainly not. The Station Agent revolves around Finbar McBride, a quiet train enthusiast who moves into a little place in small-town America. A touching friendship develops with two people who don't stare at him or take photos and smile as if he's never been patronised before: Joe and Olivia. And that's pretty much it. But the beauty of The Station Agent lies in its delicacy: an entire friendship is conveyed in detail without any in-your-face Hollywoodisms to make sure you're having a good time. The characters on display here are- refreshingly- ones you will actually care about. There are few enormous dramatic events that string this together, just deep relationships between three oddball, likeable characters and a very slow plot. With some of the finest acting you'll see all year, we've finally found a film that needs only human emotions to make it memorable. This is a low-budget indie flick done incredibly well: don't miss out.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 8 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
My friend made me watch this when I was tired and grumpy and I expected to hate it. But it is lovely! The story traces the relationship of three characters. Finn, who starts the story, is the centrepiece of it. He is a train enthusiast who inherits an old train depot in a remote town, and who really wishes for nothing other than to be left alone. He is forced into friendship with Joe, who refuses to give up in the face of Finn's unfriendliness - and the two have some wonderful scenes together, as when Finn times how long Joe can go without breaking Finn's peaceful silence. The third character is Olivia, a painter dealing (or not dealing) with the loss of her son many years ago. All three characters are beautifully drawn and the story deals with issues of prejudice and grief without ever retreating into sentimentality. The three actors (the only one of whom I recognised was Olivia who was the mother in Pieces of April) were amazing - such strong performances. I'm really not a fan of films that deal with issues in a heavy-handed way (which was what I expected from this after reading the blurb on the back of the box), and I was really surprised by how well - mixing moments of real humour with real sadness - this film approached its core themes. I didn't want it to end - and what better recommendation can there be?!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Gillis on 22 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
An engaging story about 3 very different people - Fin (Peter Dinklage), a loner who is fascinated with trains and inherits a train depot, Joe(Bobby Cannavale), an extraverted, "in your face" kind of guy and Olivia (Patricia Clarkson)an eccentric painter. Beautifully filmed, the cast subtly portray their characters. It would be a pity to tell you more because the beauty of this film is watching the unlikely relationship that develops between these three. An incredibly beautiful and subtle film that is on my TOP 5 for this year.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
I purchased this film from Blockbuster on their 5 for 35 offer on ex rental.
It is probably worth the whole amount by itself! I first watched the movie around 2.30am one night when I couldn't sleep. It is one of the best "human condition" films that I've seen in ages, the characters are great and there is little wrong with the movie. If you enojoyed films such as dead poets, fried green tomatoes, etc then you will love this. Slow, funny, and immersive. Watch it .....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 15 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
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A simple, straight forward, and subtle drama with a comic lilt, "The Station Agent" is an excellent film. The great Peter Dinklage stars as Finbar McBride, a melancholy man with a love of trains and a physicality that makes him stand out in a crowd.

When he moves to a small New Jersey town, he becomes acquainted with an array of characters who open up the melancholy Fin. Loss and loneliness are stepping stones to finding meaning and himself.

Mixing melancholy with a jazzy energy, the film's soul is profound. Family can be made in chance meetings with people, and embracing those who are different may provide more joy than one could expect. This is the message of "The Station Agent," and it is, perhaps, the reason the film makes a great impact.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Powell on 28 April 2007
Format: DVD
I thought this was a brilliant film. The acting is superb, and its exploration of personality and, ultimately, friendship is intelligent and never maudlin. Interesting, well developed characters that you can believe in, interesting camera work - thoroughly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter R TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2006
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful, wonderful movie! It is soooo different and so laid back and has beautiful characters, each with their own problems and issues.
I really liked this movie and strongly recommend a viewing. If you like character movies (which i really do) then this definately one of the best there is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 25 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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An excellent film, sad, funny and superbly acted, especially by Peter DinKlage, in these days when so much rubbish is pushed out it is really refreshing to come across a film of this high standard. A must see for one and all.
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