The Station Agent

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Tom McCarthy
Production: Miramax Films
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 31 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

The Station Agent

Morning, professor.

Good morning.

What do we have

on the board today?

Dr. Cross will be wanting

to pick up

those three 629 Pullmans.

And 630 Observation.

Shouldn't be a problem.

What number?

Um, 423.

I'll have your train

in two weeks.

Uh, okay.



You forget something?




All right.

Nice throw.

Nice throw.

Hey, buddy, where's Snow White?

Grumpy or Sleepy

over there, huh?

Lorraine, look.

He's gonna hear you.



Paper or plastic?

- Paper.

- Sorry.

I didn't see you.

- Cash or charge?

- Cash.

Who's showing the movie tonight?


The billowing smoke

as it's coming forward.

My wife was inside the car,

staying warm,

but I was on the hood.

There's people standing by here

as it's going by.

The traffic, of course,

was stopped

to allow the train...


Now, here I was hanging out

shooting this

in Canada.

This is Canada.

It's cold.


The scenery was,

uh, really spectacular.

See, because the train

is moving forward,

the smoke is coming back.

It was not extremely windy,

but the smoke did billow.

And, oh, we're about to go

into a tunnel.

Yeah, we're in a tunnel.

For about a minute.

It got colder

when we were in the tunnel.

It was one of the darker tunnels

in Canada.


He was a nice man.

He was a nice man.

I don't think we've ever met.

No, but I've seen you around.

Well, like, you're one of

those memorable people.

I brought you down here

to discuss your inheritance.

In his will,

Henry bequeathed to you

some property

in Newfoundland, New Jersey.

It's about half an acre of land.

It's got an old train depot

on it.

I have an appraisal of

the property for your records.

- What's happening with the shop?

- The building's been sold.

Golden Spike will be closed,

and the inventory liquidated.

This is all, of course,

in accordance with the terms

I drew up in Henry's will.

How soon?

If everything goes as planned,

no hitches, anything,

a thing like this

takes about six weeks.

I have some preliminary

paperwork for you to sign.

Some other papers

being drawn up.

We have the keys to the depot.

You ever been out to New Jersey?


I drove through it once.

Let me tell you.

I mean, it's pretty,

but there's nothing out there.


Then where'd you go?

I see.


So, what else, dude?


Andy, why don't you

come out here, bro?

I'm going out of my mind.

Holy shit.

Hey, let me call you back.



How you doing?


Do you sell coffee?

Cafe con leche.

It's the house special.

- You'll love it. Trust me.

- Okay.

I also got hot dogs and muffins.

You live around here?

- Yeah.

- I never seen you around.

Where you from?

- Hoboken.

- No shit?

I live in Manhattan, dude.

So, why you out here?



Just, like...

How much do I owe you

for the coffee?

Oh, shit.

Sorry, man.

It's a buck.

Is there a convenience store


Yeah. Down the road about

a mile and a half on the right.

This is my pop's truck,

by the way.

He's sick.

That's why I'm out here.

He can't get out of bed.

I'm taking care

of this shit for him.

I've been here for six weeks.

It's driving me crazy.


Hey, I'm here every day

from 7:
00 to 3:00.

I'm Joe Oramas.

What's your name?





Hey, your place around here?


Oh, shit.



Oh, my God.

Oh, my God.

Oh, my God.

Just stay there.

Don't move.

Don't try to get up.

Oh, I'm so sorry.


- Are you okay?

- I'm fine.

- Can you move everything?

- Yeah.

Are you sure?


I'm fine.

Oh, God.

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Tom McCarthy

Thomas Joseph "Tom" McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor who has appeared in several films, including Meet the Parents and Good Night, and Good Luck, and television series such ... more…

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