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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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Jimmy Palumbo
Barry G. King ...
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Gina Palumbo (as Laura Elena Harring)
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Dr. Ellen Klein
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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) (17 February 2002)

Gross:

$71,756,802 (USA)
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Trivia

This movie features the last footage of film director Ted Demme. See more »

Goofs

John Q.'s shirt after the stabbing, as he's letting the pregnant woman and Latino mom go - the stab hole changes between shots, along with the blood stain. See more »

Quotes

[after Julie pepper sprays Mitch after his fight with John in the waiting area of the emergency room]
Mitch: YOU STUPID BITCH!
Julie Bird: [kicks Mitch on the side] That's for beating the shit out of me!
Julie Bird: [kicks Mitch again] That is for being an asshole! And this, this is for calling me a bitch!
[she kicks him in the groin]
Lester: [as he and the staff laugh] Oo I felt that one!
Julie Bird: [taking off her blond wig] I'm not gonna be your Barbie any more!
Lester: All that ass and muscles to go with it! Man, I knew damn well that wasn't no blonde!
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La La (Means I Love You)
Performed by Thom Bell and William Hart
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Excellent acting alive with emotion
28 December 2004 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

Denzel Washington's portrayal of a desperate dad is excellent and compelling as he struggles to find a way to get his son to be treated and operated immediately, no matter what cost. He takes the whole hospital hostage until he gets it. One may say what he is doing is bad and illegal, but at the same time he stands up to the system, and fights the odds, but hey, he's doing it for his son. I praised him when he said "I don't want to bury my son, I want my son to bury me!" In a way, he's willing to sacrifice himself to save his son. The hostages he takes, seems to support him and the mass of audiences viewing are on his side. And he also seems to be calm and friendly to them too. The ending was also perfect, and overall a great film, and not to mention the great performances from Robert Duvall, James Woods and Ray Liotta of The Good Fellas, who uses his Tommy Vercetti voice again! Gotta love that guy, gotta love that Denzel Washington, recommended for those who love him.


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