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John Q (2002)

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John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.

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Nick Cassavetes

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James Kearns
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriela Oltean ... Beautiful BMW Driver
Denzel Washington ... John Quincy Archibald
Kimberly Elise ... Denise Archibald
Ron Annabelle Ron Annabelle ... Tow Truck Driver
Daniel E. Smith ... Michael 'Mike' Archibald
David Thornton ... Jimmy Palumbo
Barry G. King 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 James Finnerty ... Nurse Reggie
Anne Heche ... Rebecca Payne
James Woods ... Dr. Raymond Turner
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Q. See more »

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A film very much close to director Nick Cassavetes' heart as his own daughter Sasha was born with a congenital heart defect. His later film My Sister's Keeper (2009) was also made to chart her medical experiences. See more »

Goofs

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. 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

References The Simpsons (1989) 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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Denzel Washington Rocks!
2 May 2011 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Denzel Wasington Rocks! And this fact, is once again proved, with his terrific act in 'John Q'. Though a decent film, it's flaws come up evidently, but Denzel manages to hold you till the end.

Denzel stars as John Quincy Archibald, a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage until the hospital puts his son's name on the recipient's list.

The Idea is interesting & challenging. The film begins with a class, as the writing holds you. But, in the second hour, especially, the writing gets lose and even the culmination isn't as good as one expects it to be. Nick Cassavetes directs this emotional story, with patience. Cinematography & Editing are fine.

Acting-Wise: As mentioned right from the beginning, Denzel rules the show. A performance so well-done, that it holds you, even when the writing falters. In the supporting cast, Bobby Duvall, James Woods & Kimberly Elise are efficient. Anne Heche & Ray Liotta are passable. Others lend support.

On the whole, 'John Q' is interesting in parts, but what really stands tall in this film, is it's lead-star's performance.


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