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John Q (2002) Poster

(2002)

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Revealing mistakes 

The rear-view mirror has been removed from John's pickup.
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Jump to: Character error (4) | Continuity (3) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Factual errors (4) | Revealing mistakes (1) | Spoilers (5)

Character error 

Denise wouldn't have been allowed to lie next to Mike in his hospital bed, this is against hospital regulations, furthermore she could easily dislodge his IV needle and his respiratory tube.
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Denise should've been charged as an accessory for not cooperating with Grimes to resolve the hostage situation.
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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.
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The roles should be reversed, since Robert Duvall is older than Ray Liotta, it would be more logical for him to play the Chief of Police instead of the hostage negotiator because the rank of Chief of Police is higher therefore takes a longer time to achieve that rank.
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Continuity 

The amount of, and positioning of, dirt on Mike's face in the moments following his seizure.
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When Mike and John are eating breakfast in the beginning of the movie, Mike's toast switches sides on his plate between shots.
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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.
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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.
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Factual errors 

Michael talks to John Q while intubated. It is impossible for a person to talk in this state.
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There are numerous medical and procedural errors in the hospital.
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When the cardiac surgeon agrees to do the surgery he says "what are they going to do... disbar me...?" But doctors are not members of the Bar, this is a legal profession term not a medical profession term.
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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.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the opening scene, "beautiful woman" sticks her head out of her car window, and her hair does not move.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Mitch and Max are talking and Mitch takes the scalpel, he puts it in his left pocket. Later, when he stabs John with it, he takes it out of his right pocket.
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After John is attacked by Mitch with a scalpel, he handcuffs him to a heater against the wall. Later we find Mitch is handcuffed to the security guard as John asks the hostages to sign his will.
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Errors in geography 

When John Q. is being driven away at the end, at the intersection ahead, there is a Toronto Transit Commission Wheel Trans bus going by from left to right.
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Factual errors 

When John attempts to kill himself, he pulls the trigger and the hammer falls, but the gun does not go off because he says the safety is on. When a Beretta's safety is on, the hammer cannot be in the cocked position and the trigger mechanism is disabled, thus the hammer could not have fallen and pulling the trigger would have had no effect anyway.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the donor heart is being prepped for surgery, the dead woman's mouth twitches into a smile briefly.
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