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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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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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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

During the intro, the truck's brand that hits the woman's car and killed her afterwards is Mack. This can be seen on the front of the truck. And after that throughout the whole movie, Denzel wears a Mack cap on many occasions. See more »

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During the closing scene in which John is being sentenced in court he is found guilty for the "kidnapping and false imprisonment of [each hostage]." In reality this would not have been a single charge, rather a series of individual charges with a guilty or not guilty verdict in the case of each hostage taken. Moreover, "kidnapping" would not apply to most if any of the cases as such a charge necessitates asportation (the moving of a person or property illegally). Given that they never left the ER, false imprisonment would likely be the only charge. See more »

Quotes

Denise: [to Rebecca Payne, the hospital administrator, in the hallway of the hospital with Lt. Frank Grimes present] I would tell you what I think of you, but I am a Christian woman.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Voice Inside My Heart
Written by Brock Walsh, Denise Rich, Nick Cassavetes & Aaron Zigman
Performed by Patti LaBelle
Produced and arranged by Aaron Zigman
Patti LaBelle appears courtesy of MCA Records
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John Q. is solid.
10 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

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Starring: Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise, Robert Duvall, and ray Liotta.

John Q. is basically what the tagline says it is. You leave a father no options, you leave him no choice. That's pretty much true. Washington plays John Q. Archibald, a loving husband and caring father who must come up with 250,000 dollars to pay for his son' heart transplant or watch him die. You got to see how the hospital is unfair to John. He even states that it gives 75,000,000 dollars worth of heart transplants for free to a certain amount of people and they wouldn't give it to him from good will. John an his family are very poor and you see how hard it is for him to do this. He takes the hospital hostage to get his son a heart transplant. The movie is very solid and intelligent. There couldn't have been a better actor for John than Denzel. He is one of the greatest actors of our time and he helps prove it here. Don't listen to what Ebert says and go rent this movie.


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