Station Agent, The (Drama/Comedy) 2003 [Movie/Review]


Year: 2003
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Tom McCarthy
Original Title: –
Source: DVD (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)


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.


This is what a feel-good-movie should be for me, but for someone else this might just be sad. I love the interacting between the main characters. The extreme warmth of Joe (Bobby Cannavale), the sad heart broken, low-key, yet very kind Olivia (Patricia Clarkson). The bitter on life, Fin (Peter Dinklage from Games of Thrones fame) who just wants to be left alone. The little girl, Cleo (Raven Goodwin) is also extremely charming. I love to be part of their journey from their first meetings to how they become true friends.

The movie also makes you contemplate over the fact how cruel people are to those who are different, in this case dwarfism. What they have to put up with every single day. I have never understood why people have to be afraid and therefore mean towards anything that’s different, anything they don’t understand.


It was both written and directed by Tom McCarthy. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for his writing achievement.

According to writer-director Tom McCarthy’s commentary on the DVD release of the film, it was shot on a shoestring budget ($500,000) in a limited amount of time. Locations used included Lake Hopatcong, Dover, Hibernia, Rockaway Township, Rockaway Borough, Hoboken, Newfoundland and Oak Ridge, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Newfoundland station, originally built by the New Jersey Midland Railway in 1872, is located in Newfoundland, New Jersey, on the active New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway.


I watched this on a very basic UK DVD from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. This is another movie that’s just screaming for a Blu Ray release.

  • Commentaries: Audio commentary by director Tom McCarthy, actor Peter Dinklage, actress Patricia Clarkson and actor Bobby Cannavale
  • Extras:5 deleted scenes: 
    – “Lunch” 
    – “The Roof” 
    – “Henry’s Funeral” 
    – “The Morning After” 
    – “Gorgeous Frank”
  • Subtitles:English, English HOH and Italian
  • Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
  • Picture Format:Anamorphic
  • TV System:PAL
  • Soundtrack(s):English Dolby Digital 5.1 
    Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 
  • Case type:Keep Case

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