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The Station Agent (1000)

Bobby Cannavale , Peter Dinklage , Tom McCarthy  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (910 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bobby Cannavale, Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Michelle Williams
  • Directors: Tom McCarthy
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (910 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00606P0BM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fin McBride (Dinklage), a loner with a passion for trains, inherits an abandoned train station in the middle of nowhere—a place that suits him just fine because all he wants is to be left alone. But that seems unlikely when he discovers his isolated depot is more like Grand Central Station. There's Olivia (Clarkson), a distracted and troubled artist, and Joe (Cannavale), a friendly Cuban with an insatiable hunger for conversation. With absolutely nothing in common, they find their lives coming together in a friendship none of them could foresee.

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219 of 227 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb character study/indie film September 29, 2003
Not many films have a dwarf as the main character--especially one whose fascination is trains. Finnbar McBride, played by actor Peter Dinklage, is such a man and has immersed himself in trains as, we understand with the progression of this great film, a retreat from the world of normal humans who too often delight in ridiculing him for his stature.
If this were a film characterized by stereotype and lack of imagination and intelligence, Finn would emerge as the valiant hero, fighting the odds that Mother Nature dealt him. But, luckily, it is not. Filmmaker (writer-director) Thomas McCarthy is much too smart and sensitive to do something stupid like that. Finn is very quiet, but has his weaknesses, shown in a great scene at the local bar in tiny Newfoundland, New Jersey where Finn's been left an old train depot by his recently deceased former boss.
In the bar, he proceeds to get truly drunk and confronts the inner demon of his enormous frustration at his dwarfism by standing on the bar and taunting everyone else to look at him. He's a fully rounded person--he shuns human company but when it's foisted upon him--by garrulous young Joe, the hot dog vendor, and by Olivia, the klutzy but beautiful local artist--he does respond. He does laugh with his new friends, he does understand that others may have pain, maybe even deeper than his.
This is one of the year's best films because it dares to raise a true, deep, and honest voice amidst the glitzy schlock that Hollywood still cranks out to rake in the millions. This is a film that should not be missed for its depth of characterization and emotion, its courage, its honesty, sensitivity, and above all, its deep understanding of what being human really means.
Very highly recommended.
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect slice of life. November 5, 2003
Tom McCarthy's "The Station Agent" is the sort of movie that--if it even gets made in America--seldom makes it past the festival circuit to a wider audience. That "The Station Agent" did so is an unexpected and delightful surprise. This gentle, poignant film--which unfolds like a perfectly wrought short story--tells the tale of Fin (Peter Dinklage), a four-foot five-inch, thirtysomething guy who works in a model train store and has a lifelong fascination with trains. Used to the mockery of those around him, he lives devoid of human contact other than his sympathetic boss and a few fellow train enthusiasts. When his boss dies, he leaves Fin a decrepit train depot in a rural part of New Jersey; Fin, having no other place that will take him in, goes to the depot to live. There, almost against his will, he begins to establish contact with a few of the local residents, including two who in their own ways are as lonely as Fin: Joe (Bobby Cannavale), a convivial, motormouth hot dog vendor saddled with a chronically ill father, and Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), an eccentric artist grieving over the loss of her small son and her bitter estrangement from her husband. How Fin, Joe and Olivia slowly, clumsily discover their common bonds forms the main story of "The Station Agent." It's scarcely an earth-shattering story, and the low budget is always evident; yet "The Station Agent" never puts a foot wrong. The story and dialogue continually offer small, revealing surprises about the characters, and the performances of Dinklage, Clarkson and Cannavale are exquisitely natural and unaffected. "The Station Agent" is a movie most people will probably never hear of, but those who see it will cherish it.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration of Humanity February 26, 2004
I do not damn with faint praise when calling this a "small" film, nor when doing so is any offense intended to Peter Dinklage who plays the role of Finbar McBride, the central character. After the death of his employer and friend who owns a store offering model railroads and various accessories, McBride learns that he has inherited from him an abandoned train station and sets out on foot to begin a new life there. Only four-foot tall, by now he has endured all of the hurtful jokes and taunts about dwarfs, "Munchkins," etc. He seeks solitude in what seems to be an eminently appropriate residence, given his passion for railroading in all shapes and sizes. McBride arrives and establishes residence, determined to have minimal contact with others who live in the town nearby. Unexpectedly and at first reluctantly, he becomes friends with Joe Oramas (Bobby Cannavale) and then Olivia Harris (Patricia Clarkson), both of whom sense within McBride a stature belied by his diminutive body. This is a "small" film in the sense that under Thomas McCarthy's brilliant direction, it is fully developed within quite limited parameters. (I am reminded of the fact that the greatest athletes "play within themselves.") I can think of nothing to delete from this film, nor of anything to add. Also, to their credit, McCarthy and his cast resist every opportunity to sentimentalize (thereby trivialize) any of the lead characters' weaknesses as well as strengths. Finbar, Olivia, and Joe struggle (with mixed success) in their relationships with each other. Their behavior is not always admirable. But separately and together, they celebrate the nature of humanity, whatever the shape and form of it may prove to be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting movie
This is a complex, somewhat cerebral picture. You have to stick with it. It struck me as a drama that could have easily been adapted for a stage production. Read more
Published 18 minutes ago by sharon robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars A Total waste of my time
A total waste of my time. I would give it zero stars if that were possible. I kept watching to see if there was any reason for producing this movie. I could not find one.
Published 10 hours ago by Robert A. Warrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This had an interesting story, kept your attention as you couldn't guess where it was going. I enjoyed watching it.
Published 11 hours ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great outta the box story of new found friends
This was a great movie about the everyday life of new found friends, that make
a great story line of how grateful we should all be.
Published 13 hours ago by delmarcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Train Tracks
Three lonely people find friendship in each other.
No violence! No overt sex! Gentle story!
If you're looking for action, this one is not for you. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Johnhsv
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, but..................
The Station Agent was very intriguing from the beginning, especially if you like movies that revolve around interpersonal relationships. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by JSlot
5.0 out of 5 stars game of thrones...lucky
One of the best movies ever made in that they don't make movies like this anymore. We have been I fan of this flick for years!
Cafe Con Leche is the best!
Published 17 hours ago by Marcos Cortez
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Thoughtful Movie
I love Bobby Cannavale. Peter Dinklage and Patricia Clarkson were wonderful as well. Thoughtful without being sappy. Very nice movie.
Published 21 hours ago by YvonneinSonoma
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is a great movie. The acting is subtle and impressive. It has beautiful character development. I highly recommend this movie.
Published 21 hours ago by Sara Kunkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in time
The finest film I have watched in a long time. It brings you back to a time when great movies were made. It was difficult to believe I was watching a movie made in the USA. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Hedwig Feit
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