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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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Cast

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Gabriela Oltean ...
Beautiful BMW Driver
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Ron Annabelle ...
Tow Truck Driver
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Barry G. King ...
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Gina Palumbo (as Laura Elena Harring)
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Dr. Ellen Klein
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Registered Nurse
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Admitting Nurse
James Finnerty ...
Nurse Reggie
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,612,171, 17 February 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,756,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,244,770
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Denzel Washington and Kevin Connolly appeared in Antwone Fisher (2002), which Washington directed. See more »

Goofs

The medical staff should be wearing medical protective glasses when they're performing the autopsy on the BMW Driver, one medical staff member confirms this goof when he squints when blood sprays on his mask as he drills her chest. See more »

Quotes

John Q. Archibald: [after taking over the emergency room] The hospital is under new management now! Free health care for everyone!
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Connections

Referenced in All in the Extended Family: Nick Cassavetes Profile (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Justice of the Heart
Written by Stevie Wonder and Brenda Russell
Performed by Stevie Wonder
Produced by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder appears courtesy of Motown Records
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A movie full of suspense and meant to open your eyes
8 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

A very well cooked thriller, with every necessary ingredient, and a plot meant to surprise the viewer.

Full of love, passion, family issues, commercial interests and politics all blended into a magnificent work of art topped with Denzel Washington's performance The film shows many aspects of life, and should be seen by all people to evaluate one's point of view on each of the parallel stories depicted.

The Author takes an everyday situation and sows the seed of self - criticism in every spectator, making this more than a thriller to pass the time away.

The Director plays with the characters as a Master would play his pieces on a chessboard, giving each actor enough role and having a defined objective: to checkmate the audience, and I must say he does this with very few elements, mainly dialog sequences and very few Special effects, thus turning this film into a masterpiece.

Denzel Washington is the perfect choice for this film, due to his ability to play poker face situations, and his ability to play any kind of character he is offered.

I do highly recommend this movie, to see it two, three or more times. Every time one sees the film, gets a new detail to one's collection and a new question to answer. Ideal for family discussion and highly recommended for teenagers


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