The Station AgentDirector: Tom McCarthy
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A low-key, character-driven sleeper that took home multiple awards at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards, The Station Agent arrives on DVD courtesy of Miramax Home Video. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image transfer offers well-balanced colors, even skin tones, and solid blacks. Audio is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1 and remains free of distortion or hiss throughout. Though essentially a dialogue-driven film, the audio mix occasionally utilizes surround channels to recreate the sound of passing trains, with composer Stephen Trask's playful score coming through as perfectly balanced. An additional French-language track is also available, as are optional French and Spanish subtitles. Fans of the film will also be happy to note the inclusion of such extra features as an audio commentary track and some interesting but fairly incidental deleted scenes. Listening to the commentary track, it's obvious that actors Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, and director Tom McCarthy shared the chemistry essential to the success of such a small-scale, independent film. In addition to some affectionate chiding, the talkative quartet also addresses such issues as location shooting and the minor improvisations that truly make the characters believable. Deleted scenes mainly consist of extensions of scenes that did ultimately make the final cut, with the notable exception of an alternate ending. Sneak previews for other Miramax titles are also included.
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Cast & Crew
|Peter Dinklage||Finbar McBride|
|Patricia Clarkson||Olivia Harris|
|Bobby Cannavale||Joe Oramas|
|Paul Benjamin||Henry Styles|
|Jase Blankfort||store customer|
|Richard Kind||Louis Tiboni|
|Lynn Cohen||Patty At The Good To Go|
|Joe Lo Truglio||Danny|
|Maile Flanagan||Pappy's Waitress|
|Sarah Bolger||Girl In Bar|
|Ileen Getz||Mrs. Kahn|
|Annie Del Moro||"What About Blimps" Girl|
|Carlos Rosas||"Blimps Are Cool" Boy|
|Len X. Clayton||Art Director|
|Richard Cohan||Associate Producer|
|Jeanne Dupont||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Paul Hsu||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michele Kuznetsky||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Erin Ohanneson||Set Decoration/Design|
|John Paino||Production Designer|
|Mary Ramos||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald Marshall||Consultant/advisor|
|Mary Jane Skalski||Producer|
|Steve F.B. Smith||Consultant/advisor|
|Stephen Trask||Score Composer|
1. Opening Credits: Train Guys [5:56]
2. Leaving a Life Behind [4:18]
3. Gorgeous Frank's [2:15]
4. Running Into Fin [4:44]
5. A Walk About Town [1:08]
6. Olivia Pops In [4:47]
7. "You're the Man" [3:14]
8. "My Name's Fin" [3:06]
9. Train-Watching [5:17]
10. Giving Thanks [3:58]
11. "Walking the Right-of-Way" [3:15]
12. Enjoying Life [5:20]
13. "Trains Are Really Cool" [4:44]
14. Simple and Boring? [2:20]
15. Fin's Nice Chin [2:40]
16. Waiting for Friends [4:53]
17. To Be Left Alone [5:31]
18. The Station Agent [2:19]
19. "Here I Am!" [3:38]
20. Reckoning [5:40]
21. End Credits [7:02]
Captions & Subtitles
English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
Commentary With Director Thomas McCarthy On
Commentary With Director Thomas McCarthy Off
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The Station Agent is a quietly funny, charming film. A plot synopsis would make the movie sound like a melodrama (an angry dwarf moves into an abandoned railway depot, an encounters a divorcee grieving over the death of her only child...). The performers are outstanding; the writing is often witty and always truthful. Viewers looking for neatly wrapped, Hollywood beginning, middle and ending will be confused and disappointed. Those of us who want to watch people we can believe and care about will treasure this film.
A quiet character study about forming and maintaining relationships, no matter how reluctantly. Excellent and subtle performances, especially from the wonderful Peter Dinklage. The characters are grown-ups, and have grown-up reactions to their situations. The open-ended conclusion is also true to life: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose -- who knows how it will turn out? I loved the score, with its musical saw - the unusual music points up the theme of the film: everyone has something special about them, but it's not always what they think it is. Highly recommended.
Expert direction, a superb ensemble cast, nice location. Wish there was a soundtrack for the great, quirky music. In this age of big-budget, over-the-top blockbusters, this quiet little movie makes one appreciate the art of filmmaking.
It would be hard to find a gentler, funnier, better-paced movie about the trials of solitude than the absolute gem that is The Station Agent. This has some of the best character role-reversals I've seen in a script. Tired of being stared and laughed at the whole movie, our dwarf lead gets drunk in a crowded bar, stands on his stool and yells, simply, "Here I am! Right here! Take a GOOD LOOK!" It is a supreme moment. And indie filmmakers - the director and actor commentary has a treasure trove of stories about the creative corners that were cut making the film. Stop by this station - you'll want to stay.
I enjoyed this movie immensely. Peter Dinklage is outstanding as the title character, a train aficionado who inherits a rundown train station building from his only friend, and makes new friends of his neighbors...in spite of himself. My only complaint about this movie...it ended too soon.
This is easily the best film of 2003. I went to see it after a friend told me it was wonderful and I came out of the theater with no regrets. This is a heartwarming, touching, hilarious and intelligent look into the way people deal with each other in modern day life and how loneliness results in unlikely friendships. The cast is excellent. Peter Dinklage is great, Patricia Clarkson is always wonderful and bobby canavale is funny. The three of them make a great team and this is a film for anyone of all ages who feels like a good laugh and being uplifted. This is also a movie you will be a fan of if you liked lost in translation. It is even better than that! I loved Sofia Coppola's film and script but I thought this was the best script of 2003. I absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended!
This movie is a breath of fresh air! I absolutely was enthralled by the characters and especially loved not seeing the same tired hollywood faces. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a thoughtful, funny story with realistic scenery and camera work.
This is an alright movie, fun characters, and the setting of the film looked good.
This is an interesting movie about three very different people who try to find a place in the world and come together in an old train station depot.
Good, but you must appreciate amd enjoy plays to see how good this movie is.
This movie is borring. I would not recommend this movie at all. The acting was terrible. It is a movie about nothing.