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

Writer:

James Kearns
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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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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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Trivia

The movie was shot in a group of provincial government buildings in Toronto, Ontario. Adjacent to filming, is a hospital. On at least one occasion, filming blocked off access to the emergency room of the real hospital. See more »

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The rear-view mirror has been removed from John's pickup. See more »

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Lester: [standing on the top step of the courthouse, as John is escorted from the courthouse in the back of an unmarked police car] John... you're my hero.
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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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A quite moving tale
16 January 2007 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

John Q (Denzel Washington) is just an average man, he works at a factory and his wife and his son Michael are his whole world. When his son is taken ill and needs an needs an urgent heart transplant, he soon learns that his insurance won't cover the bills and he has no real hope of raising the cash himself. In an act of desperation he holds the emergency room hostage, it's all he can do to get his son the care he needs.

I felt the film was fundamentally flawed, yet it was made and performed with such passion and realism, what at first seems like a far-fetched plot is soon forgotten about, and you have to just go with the flow of this emotionally charged drama.

The cast is very strong, and the direction holds the story together very nicely; but most of all it achieves what it sets out to do, and that is move the audience.

7/10


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USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,275,194, 17 February 2002

Gross USA:

$71,756,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,244,770
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1.85 : 1
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