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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 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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Taglines:

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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Details

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Denise (Kimberly Elise) calls John (Denzel Washington) from the hospital had to be re-shot, because she was wearing the wrong dress. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Mitch: [while handcuffed by John to the radiator in the waiting area of the emergency room] This country man, can't go anywhere without getting' mugged, or murdered or stabbed. Kids killin' their classmates, drivebys, ya know, I won't even go into a post office any more.
Steve Maguire: [sitting in a chair] Shut up, Mitch.
Dr. Turner: [standing in front of them] No, you shut up. I hate the little bastard but he's right. You know how easy it is to get a gun in the country? In five minutes, boom, gun show.
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Connections

References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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La La (Means I Love You)
Performed by Thom Bell and William Hart
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A Very Human and Affecting Drama...
21 December 2005 | by ijonesiiiSee all my reviews

Denzel Washington continues to prove why he is one of the best actors in the business with his performance in JOHN Q, a moving, emotional, and tension-charged drama about a family man whose son needs a heart transplant; however, due to financial problems, his insurance won't cover the cost of getting his son on the donor list so John Q decides to take hostages in the hospital until someone arranges for his son to be on the donor list. Despite a preachy and simplistic screenplay, the intense direction and first-rate performances make this film work. I particularly loved Denzel's work here because this was a character unlike he had ever played before...Denzel usually played well-educated, intelligent lawyers and/or businessmen (with the obvious exception of TRAINING DAY), but here Denzel is playing an average Joe...a working stiff, struggling to pay bills and keep food on the table and a roof over his family's head who is driven to extreme measures to protect the family he cherishes so dearly. Washington gets strong support from Robert Duvall, solid as always as the hostage negotiator, James Woods as a wimpy surgeon, Anne Heche as an unsympathetic hospital administrator, and especially Kimberly Elise as John's wife. An emotional drama, wrought with tension, that will rivet you to the screen.


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