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Give a father no options and you leave him no choice.
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A down-on-his luck father, whose insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant, takes the hospital's emergency room hostage until the doctors agree to perform the operation. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Gabriela Oltean ... Beautiful BMW Driver

Denzel Washington ... John Quincy Archibald

Kimberly Elise ... Denise Archibald
Ron Annabelle ... Tow Truck Driver
Daniel E. Smith ... Michael 'Mike' Archibald

David Thornton ... Jimmy Palumbo
Barry G. King ... Employee Manager

Laura Harring ... Gina Palumbo (as Laura Elena Harring)

Kevin Connolly ... Steve Maguire

Larissa Laskin ... Dr. Ellen Klein

Vanessa Branch ... Registered Nurse

Stephanie Moore ... Admitting Nurse
James Finnerty ... Nurse Reggie

Anne Heche ... Rebecca Payne

James Woods ... Dr. Raymond Turner
Michael Jaye ... Insurance Rep
Yanna McIntosh ... State Employee
Linda Massad ... Social Services Rep
Lester Mathews ... Human Services Rep

Noam Jenkins ... Medicaid Official

Allegra Fulton ... Sick Girl's Mother
Darrin Brown ... TV Buyer

Paul Johansson ... Tuck Lampley

Shera Danese ... Wife of Heart Transplant Patient
Kirsta Teague ... Dr. Turner's Assistant

Ethan Suplee ... Guard Max Conlin
Rick Sood ... Panicked E.R. Doctor

Shawn Hatosy ... Mitch Quigley

Heather Wahlquist ... Julie Bird

Troy Byer ... Miriam Smith (as Troy Beyer)

Troy Winbush ... Steve Smith

Eddie Griffin ... Lester Matthews
Martha Chaves ... Rosa Gonzales

Scott Bloom ... Desk Guard

Dina Spybey-Waters ... Debby Utley (as Dina Waters)

Carlos Diaz ... Paramedic #1

Joe Duer ... Paramedic #2 (as Joseph Duer)

Simon Sinn ... Fong

Robert Duvall ... Lt. Frank Grimes

Obba Babatundé ... Sgt. Moody (as Obba Babatunde)

Ray Liotta ... Chief Gus Monroe
Jeffrey Douglas ... Computer Cop (as Jeff Douglas)

Keram Malicki-Sánchez ... Freddy B. (as Keram Malicki-Sanchez)
Philip Williams ... Wally Pitoniak
Nigel Shawn Williams ... News Anchor

Frank Cassavetes ... Sniper
Colin Evans ... Videographer

Angelo Tsarouchas ... Barricade Cop
Marcia Johnson ... Medical Transplant #1
Vijay Mehta ... Medical Transplant #2
Andrew Schaff ... U.N.O.S. Official
Malcolm Nefsky ... Nick

Jay Leno ... Jay Leno

Gloria Allred ... Gloria Allred

Larry King ... Larry King

Arianna Huffington ... Arianna Huffington

Ted Demme ... Ted Demme

Nas ... Nas

Bill Maher ... Bill Maher

Claire Rankin ... Public Defender
Phillip Craig ... Judge K. Ploucha
Gerry Quigley ... Jury Foreman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Oluniké Adeliyi ... Insurance Rep (uncredited)

John Andrews ... Customer Service Rep (uncredited)

Joanna Bennett ... Nurse (uncredited)
Rona Chavez ... Sick Girl (uncredited)
Jennifer Cohen ... Nurse (uncredited)

Chantal Cousineau ... Dr. Turner's Wife (uncredited)

Cheryl De Luca ... OR Nurse (uncredited)
Larry Hatcher ... Pawn Shop Customer (uncredited)
Sandra Jackson ... News Anchor (uncredited)

Gillian Leigh ... Schoolgirl Outside Hospital (uncredited)

Jane Luk ... O.R. Nurse (uncredited)
Marcus Mayer ... Orderly (uncredited)

Carroll Shelby ... Heart Transplant Patient (uncredited)
Victor Sutton ... Church choir member (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Cassavetes 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
James Kearns (written by)

Produced by
Mark Burg .... producer
Howard Burkons .... co-executive producer
Dale De La Torre .... co-executive producer
Michael De Luca .... executive producer
Mathew Hart .... co-producer
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... executive producer (as Avram Butch Kaplan)
James Kearns .... co-producer
Oren Koules .... producer
Richard Saperstein .... executive producer
Hillary Sherman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
 
Cinematography by
Rogier Stoffers (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Casting by
Matthew Barry 
Nancy Green-Keyes 
 
Production Design by
Stefania Cella 
 
Art Direction by
Thomas Carnegie 
Elis Lam 
 
Set Decoration by
Clive Thomasson 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
 
Makeup Department
Mario Cacioppo .... key makeup artist
Larry M. Cherry .... hair stylist: Mr. Washington
Francine Francis-Lee .... hair stylist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist: Mr. Washington
Inge Klaudi .... makeup artist
Maureen Mestan .... hair stylist
Allison Mondesir .... hair stylist
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... key hair stylist (as Jennifer O'Halloran)
Edelgard K. Pfluegl .... makeup artist (as Edelgard Pfluegl)
 
Production Management
Jean-François Boivin .... assistant unit manager: Montreal (as Jean-Francois Boivin)
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Lori Greenberg .... production supervisor
Mathew Hart .... unit production manager
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... unit production manager: United States (as Avram Butch Kaplan)
Philippe Montel .... unit manager: Montreal
Rick Reynolds .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Darrin Brown .... second second assistant director
William M. Connor .... first assistant director
Richard S. Lederer .... first assistant director: Chicago (as Richard Lederer)
Traci M. Lewis .... first assistant director: Chicago (as Traci Lewis)
Kristen Ploucha .... second assistant director (as Kristen M. Ploucha)
Janet Zdyb .... second second assistant director
Donald Colafranceschi .... assistant director (uncredited)
Brad Logel .... third assistant director: Calgary (uncredited)
Howard Rothschild .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Troy Rudolph .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Gerrod Shully .... dailies assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gordon Becker .... original sculptures
Andy Bely .... props assistant
Gordon Brown .... head painter (as Gord Brown)
Gerry Deschenes .... set dresser
Lucie Fournier .... stand-by painter: Montreal
Ross Fraser .... construction coordinator
Nicholas Gazda .... assistant art director
Christopher Geggie .... property master
Jacqui Hemingway .... scenic artist
Michael Hyde .... general foreman
Michael Hyde .... head carpenter
Henry Jesiak .... assistant property master
Norman Kelner .... stand-by painter
Denis Kirkham .... set dresser
Andrea Kristof .... art department coordinator
Alan Letts .... assistant head carpenter
Lara MacInnis .... third assistant art director
Michael J. Meade .... prop buyer (as Michael Meade)
Melissa Morgan .... key scenic artist
John Morrison .... on-set dresser
Jae Pak .... assistant art director
Vince Peets .... storyboard artist
Michele Perkovich .... assistant art director
Mila Rolicz .... assistant head painter
Jaclyn Shoub .... assistant decorator
Kim Steede .... on-set dresser (as Kim Steed)
Tamara Ulisko .... third assistant art director
Thomas Vance Jr. .... stand-by carpenter
Jim Veale .... construction team leader (as James Veale)
George Venckus .... leadman
Terri Williams .... property med-tech
Carol Wong .... buyer
 
Sound Department
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura Harris)
Robert Batha .... sound assistant
Denis Bellingham .... boom operator
Barney Cabral .... adr supervisor
Kelly Cabral .... sound supervisor
Matt Colleran .... dubbing recordist
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor (as Hector Gika)
Craig S. Jaeger .... sound effects editor (as Craig Jaeger)
Tony Lamberti .... sound effects editor
David Lee .... production sound mixer
Jennifer L. Mann .... adr editor (as Jennifer Mann)
James Moriana .... foley artist
Michelle Pazer .... adr editor
Perry Robertson .... sound effects editor
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Duane F. Seykora .... pre-record engineer
Katrina Siegmund .... sound assistant
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue editor
Frederick H. Stahly .... stage editor
David Stanke .... sound assistant
Michael Stern .... pre-record engineer (as Mick Stern)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Sui Fan Wong .... utility sound
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Matt Cluett .... sound transferer (uncredited)
Stephen Halbert .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Marcelo Lago .... adr recordist: Argentina (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Shuba Discupta .... first assistant special effects
Yuri Everson .... shop supervisor: Amalgamated Dynamics
Steve Frakes .... mold department supervisor: Amalgamated Dynamics
Alec Gillis .... body effects designer
Daniel Godin .... special effects: Calgary
Emile Godin .... special effects: Calgary
Tony Kenny .... special effects supervisor
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects supervisor: Calgary (as Kaz Kobieleski)
Timothy Leach .... art department: Amalgamated Dynamics (as Tim Leach)
Tony Matijevich .... art department: Amalgamated Dynamics (as Anthony Matijevich)
David Penikas .... mechanical supervisor: Amalgamated Dynamics (as Dave Penikas)
Dean Stewart .... special effects office administrator
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... body effects designer
 
Visual Effects by
Kenneth P. Coles .... digital painter (uncredited)
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Matt Linder .... 3D effects animator (uncredited)
Jeff Wells .... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy T. Anderson .... stunts (as Roy Anderson)
Rick Avery .... stunt coordinator: Calgary
Matt Birman .... stunts
John Dodds .... stunts
Lyle W. Edge .... stunts (as Lyle Edge)
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunts
Reg Glass .... stunts
Tom Glass .... stunt coordinator: Calgary
Layton Morrison .... stunts
Rick Parker .... stunts
Allan Phillips .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunts (as Ed Queffelec)
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
Monica Staggs .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunts
Cathy Sutherland .... stunts (as Catherine Sutherland)
Ron Van Hart .... stunts
Dean Copkov .... safety rigger (uncredited)
Andre Mayers .... stunt double (uncredited)
Branko Racki .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lisa A. Becker .... video supervisor
Paul Boucher .... camera operator: "b" camera
Christopher Brown .... video assistant
Christian Caperaa .... camera loader: Montreal
Morgan Carpenter .... electrician
Jeffrey Cassidy .... 24 frame video operator
Don Caulfield .... electrician
Jayson Clute .... first assistant camera
Mark Cowden .... best boy electric
Carolyn Cox .... focus puller: "b" camera
Colin Evans .... camera operator: video camera
Rick Garbutt .... camera operator: "d" camera, Calgary (as Richard Garbutt)
Ava Gerlitz .... still photographer
Vince Gordon .... electrician
Paul Guenette .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Calgary
Dianne L. Haggarty .... grip (as Dianne Haggarty)
Don Irvine .... rigging grip
Pierric Jouvante .... best boy electric: Montreal
David Kelly .... first assistant camera: "c" camera, Calgary
Michael Kohnhorst .... director of photography: Chicago (as M. Kohnhorst)
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip: Chicago (as Mike Lewis)
Cameron MacDonald .... camera operator: "b" camera, Calgary (as Cam MacDonald)
Kenneth MacKenzie .... key grip: Montreal
Mark Manchester .... key grip
David Moenkhaus .... first assistant camera: Chicago (as Dave Moenkhaus)
Malcolm Nefsky .... best boy grip
Mark Nener .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Robert Orzechowski .... best boy rigging grip
Derek Parkes .... grip
Gerald Pynn .... grip
Jeff Riley .... video playback operator
Bob Rodgers .... electrician
Peter Rosenfeld .... Steadicam operator
Peter Rosenfeld .... camera operator: "a" camera
Brian Sanders .... first assistant camera: "d" camera, Calgary (as Bryan Sanders)
Tracy Shaw .... dolly grip
Peter Smith .... camera operator: "c" camera, Calgary
Paul Spaven .... rigging gaffer
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator (as Johnny Sztejnmiler)
Franco Tata .... chief lighting technician
Kirsta Teague .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Normand Viau .... gaffer: Montreal
Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron .... camera trainee: Montreal
Chris Weiss .... camera loader
David J. Woods .... camera cranes
David J. Woods .... video playback operator
Rocky Brown .... crane grip (uncredited)
Paul Collins .... grip (uncredited)
Dwayne McClintock .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Nina Barry .... casting associate: USA
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Aric Dupere .... extras casting coordinator (as Eric Dupere)
Donna Dupere .... extras casting: Toronto
Elizabeth Gray .... casting associate: Canada
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Andrea Kool .... casting assistant: Canada
John Lopez .... casting associate: USA
Louise Mackiewicz .... extras casting director: Calgary
Mike Bucci .... extras casting: Montreal (uncredited)
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting: Chicago (uncredited)
Kris Rurka .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Aaron Unrau .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim W. Chow .... set costumer (as Kim Chow)
Sharon Irving .... truck costumer
Nadia Ongaro .... head seamstress
Frank Perry Rose .... costumer: Mr. Washington
Marcia Scott .... extras costume supervisor
Vanessa Vogel .... assistant costume designer
Delphine White .... associate costume designer
Jean Wong .... wardrobe coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Lane Baker .... additional assistant editor: avid
Brian Borcherdt .... trainee assistant editor: Toronto
Stacey S. Clipp .... associate editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Berenicci Hershorn .... second assistant film editor
Robert J. Lemos .... assistant editor
Alexandra Leviloff .... first assistant editor: film
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Harry Muller .... color timer
Brigitte Rabazo .... first assistant editor: film, Toronto (as Brigitte Rabazo López)
Pierce P. Shaad .... editorial production assistant
 
Music Department
Paul Broucek .... music executive
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Steve Dewey .... additional music designer (as Stephen Dewey)
Mike Flicker .... music editor
Richard Ford .... music editor: temp music
Jerry Hey .... conductor
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Steve Juliani .... music preparation (as Steven Juliani)
Mark Kaufman .... music clearance executive
Steve Kempster .... score mixer (as Stephen Kempster)
Steve Kempster .... score recordist (as Stephen Kempster)
Jolie Levine-Aller .... music contractor
Jeff Lingle .... assistant music editor (as Jeffrey D. Lingle)
Erin Scully .... music executive
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
Shari Sutcliffe .... music contractor
Jesse Voccia .... music programmer: electronic music
Brad Warnaar .... orchestrator
Aaron Zigman .... orchestrator
Karen Bennett .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Matt Friedman .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ron Annabelle .... picture car captain
Rudy Baccuchi .... driver
Percy Budd .... driver
Wally Dibacco .... driver (as Wally DiBacco)
Keith Filkins .... transportation captain: Chicago
David 'Greenie' Greenblatt .... picture car wrangler
Stuart Hughes .... driver
Michael K. Jones .... driver (as Michael Jones)
Richard Karol .... driver captain: Montreal
Roy Lance .... picture car wrangler
Dan Marjanovich .... head driver
Frank Montgomerie .... picture car wrangler
Neil Montgomerie .... transportation coordinator
Coleman Robinson .... transportation coordinator: Calgary
Gerry Savoy .... transportation captain (as Jerry Savoy)
Richard Savoy .... driver
Pat Serpe .... transportation coordinator: Chicago
William L. Tataryn .... driver (as Bill Tataryn)
Brad Winans .... driver
Richard Gaal .... driver: set decoration department (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Diana Adams .... production accountant (as Diana Olsen)
Carolyn Blackwood .... production attorney
Laurel Bresnahan .... studio teacher
Pierre Brunet .... assistant production manager: Montreal
Pierre Brunet .... location manager: Montreal
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Donald Colafranceschi .... production assistant
Leslie Cowan .... production coordinator: Calgary
Jennifer Deigl .... set production assistant: Chicago (as Jen Deigl)
Renee Desrochers .... assistant: Mr. Burg
Wileen Dragovan .... location manager: Chicago (as Willeen Dragovan)
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Steve Fitzpatrick .... craft service assistant
Jill Fleischman .... stand-in
Earl Fligg .... assistant location manager
Gregory P. Fontana .... medical consultant
Rick Gagnon .... location production assistant
Sam Gainer .... assistant production coordinator: Calgary
Paule Girardin .... production coordinator: Montreal
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Corwin Hall .... stand-in
Melissa Hall .... assistant production coordinator
Joanne T. Harwood .... script supervisor
Erik Holmberg .... production executive
Peter Horn .... assistant production manager: Calgary
Peter Horn .... location manager: Calgary
Chadwick Humphrey .... construction bookkeeper
Dianne Irving .... production secretary
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Kristi Kasubaski .... first assistant accountant
Alex Kontsalakis .... payroll accountant
Isabelle Leduc .... production secretary: Montreal
Benoît Lefebvre .... office assistant: Montreal (as Benoit Lefebvre)
Dominique Leroutier .... assistant location manager: Montreal
Mark Logan .... location manager
Robin Mader .... accounting assistant
Mike Manzato .... key set production assistant (as Michael Manzato)
Andrew Matthews .... financial consultant
Angie Miller .... assistant: Mr. Burg
Dan Monroe .... helicopter pilot
Jennifer Mount .... risk management
Saalahudeen Lunsford Muhammed .... security: Mr. Washington
Louise Muskala .... assistant: Mr. Kaplan
Mehmet Oz .... consultant: heart transplantation (as Dr. Mehmet Oz)
Louis-Martin Pepperall .... location assistant: Montreal
Eric Price .... consultant: healthcare
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Joshua Ravetch .... production resources
Enid Rose .... stand-in
Alex Ross .... stand-in
Amy Russell .... clearance
Andrew Schaff .... assistant: Mr. Cassavetes
Kim Slaughter .... craft service assistant
Geoffrey Smither .... location supervisor: Queens Park (as Geoff Smither)
David Sporn .... contract administrator
Howard Stellmacher .... second assistant accountant
William Chad Strug .... production office assistant (as William Strug)
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot (as Dave Tomassini)
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Wendy Wilhite .... studio teacher (as Wendy C. Wilhite)
Ian Williams .... stand-in
Andrew Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Koules
Edward York .... assistant location manager
Zane .... post-production accountant
Jimmy Zelinger .... title designer
Nellie Adami .... production office coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
David Benning .... production assistant: Canmore (uncredited)
Andrew Blau .... video project coordinator (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Judi Embden .... stand-in (uncredited)
Susan Haldenby .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Terry Henderson .... personal chef: Denzel Washington (uncredited)
Ella Marcus .... craft service (uncredited)
Catherine McGovern .... production secretary: Alberta second unit (uncredited)
George Ploszczansky .... personal security: Anne Heche (uncredited)
Misha Skoric .... assistant: Anne Heche (uncredited)
Andy Storey .... aerial ground supporter: Toronto (uncredited)
Charles Taylor .... armorer (uncredited)
Charles Taylor .... gun handler (uncredited)
Nick Veziris .... gun wrangler (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"John Q." - USA (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence, language and intense thematic elements
Runtime:
116 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #38323) | Venezuela:PG-13
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Trivia:
The message "For Sasha" appears just before the end credits. This refers to Sasha Cassavetes, daughter of director Nick Cassavetes.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Dr. Turner passes through the doors into the glass corridor where John takes him hostage, you can see the feet of crew members behind the door below the white backdrop.See more »
Quotes:
John Q. Archibald:My son is dying, and I'm broke. If I don't qualify for Medicare, WHO THE HELL DOES?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
La La (Means I Love You)See more »

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83 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Just Another "Dog Day Afternoon" in Hollywood., 24 October 2003
Author: tfrizzell from United States

Highly under-rated and ignored by most in 2002, "John Q" is one of those movies that is sometimes too intelligent for a viewing public unfamiliar with topics never really thought about in common societal circles (health care and insurance policies, rights of blue-collar citizens, media exploitation, law enforcement practices and over-paid medical specialists). Denzel Washington's young son falls out one day at a little league baseball game. The diagnosis is frightening. Without a new heart, the boy will most definitely die. Washington, a normal everyday citizen, lacks substantial resources and benefits from his insurance to even get his son on a donor's list. It is blatantly obvious that Washington and wife Kimberly Elise are being strangled by red tape in a mercilessly heartless (no pun intended) system. Friends Laura Herring and David Thornton (and seemingly countless other ordinary people) do their best to help the couple raise money and soon it seems that most everything they have is on the market to be sold. Work and more hard work does not get the couple much closer to having the money they desperately need. Washington realizes that time is now of the essence. He has been pushed and pushed again and now he takes it upon himself to push back. As a last resort he literally takes the doctor (James Woods) hostage, along with other bystanders who have nothing to do with Washington's war with the hospitals and insurance organizations. Immediately cops led by Robert Duvall and Ray Liotta surround the hospital and the tenseness builds. Hungry media cronies (who would not help Washington when he had asked earlier) also try to benefit from the misery of all those that are involved with their typical exploitation tactics (one thing Jerry Springer got right). Will Washington's son be saved and is Washington actually willing to take his own life in the venture so his boy can live? "John Q" is a very impressive production from director Nick Cassavetes (showing much of the same ability his late father John showed throughout his career). Screenwriter James Kearns gets to the soul of an American society that has been blinded by economics and inefficient big-wigs who have no business possessing the careers they have. Morality has gone out the window and that "hypocritical oath" that is so prevalent in the medical field seems to be little more than a silly afterthought. "John Q" succeeds everywhere just about except in its ending. The ending is a major mistake that took away from some of the good things accomplished before the final ten minutes. Washington, arguably better here than in recent triumphs like "Training Day" (an Oscar-winning role) and "Antwone Fisher", goes to an even higher plateau here. Much like Al Pacino in the equally under-rated "Dog Day Afternoon" (an admittedly better picture), Washington dominates in a role that thrives on a claustrophobic aspect that cannot be escaped or denied within the film's running time. Duvall and Woods are also solid, as always, but Washington is the man here. Strikingly accurate when pointing the finger at things wrong with America these days, "John Q" is a thought-provoking production that will cause its audience to think and learn about sometimes forgotten aspects of human life. 4 stars out of 5.

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