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John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.

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John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. Written by Anonymous

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Give a father no options and you leave him no choice.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and intense thematic elements | See all certifications »

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15 February 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,612,171 (USA) (15 February 2002)

Gross:

$71,026,631 (USA) (26 April 2002)
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Trivia

Nick Cassavetes: A reporter on the courthouse steps at the end. See more »

Goofs

Denise should've been charged as an accessory for not cooperating with Grimes to resolve the hostage situation. See more »

Quotes

Mitch: This country man, can't go anywhere without getting' mugged, or murdered or stabbed. Kids killin' their classmates, drivebys, ya know, I won't even go into a post office any more.
Steve Maguire: Shut up, Mitch.
Dr. Turner: No, you shut up. I hate the little bastard but he's right. You know how easy it is to get a gun in the country? In five minutes, boom, gun show.
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References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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Life on a Chain
Written by Pete Yorn
Performed by Pete Yorn
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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ANOTHER STUNNING PERFORMANCE BY DENZEL WASHINGTON
12 February 2002 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

Once again Denzel Washington has outdone himself in this delightful movie. I am getting spoiled when ever I go to see one of his pictures, as his depth is constantly great. Mr. Casavettes does a fine directing job in this poinient story, but with bits of humor thrown in to break up the tension. This may not be academy award material, but it certainly is worth the price of a ticket. Go see it, you won't regret it.


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