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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriela Oltean ... Beautiful BMW Driver
... John Quincy Archibald
... Denise Archibald
Ron Annabelle ... Tow Truck Driver
... Michael 'Mike' Archibald
... Jimmy Palumbo
Barry G. King ... Employee Manager
... Gina Palumbo (as Laura Elena Harring)
... Steve Maguire
... Dr. Ellen Klein
... Registered Nurse
... Admitting Nurse
James Finnerty ... Nurse Reggie
... Rebecca Payne
... 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

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and intense thematic elements | See all certifications »

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15 February 2002 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

The scene where George W. Bush is speaking about health care while John and Denise are watching television, was also shot with footage of Al Gore, because the election winner had not yet been declared at the time of shooting. See more »

Goofs

Denise should've been charged as an accessory for not cooperating with Grimes to resolve the hostage situation. See more »

Quotes

Employee Manager: [in his office] Your policy has changed, Mr. Archibald.
John Q. Archibald: [sitting in front of him] Changed to what?
Employee Manager: Yeah, we recently switched carriers from a PPO to a HMO. It's a less expensive policy, but unfortunately, there are some restrictions.
John Q. Archibald: What kind of restrictions?
Employee Manager: Here's how it works: Non-management part-time employees, such as yourself, only qualify for second tier catastrophic coverage.
John Q. Archibald: No, no. I'm not part-time. I'm full-time. It's just slow right now.
Employee Manager: Sure, but your coverage is based on hours ...
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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Let Me Go! (2011) See more »

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La La (Means I Love You)
Performed by Thom Bell and William Hart
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Excellent acting alive with emotion
28 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Denzel Washington's portrayal of a desperate dad is excellent and compelling as he struggles to find a way to get his son to be treated and operated immediately, no matter what cost. He takes the whole hospital hostage until he gets it. One may say what he is doing is bad and illegal, but at the same time he stands up to the system, and fights the odds, but hey, he's doing it for his son. I praised him when he said "I don't want to bury my son, I want my son to bury me!" In a way, he's willing to sacrifice himself to save his son. The hostages he takes, seems to support him and the mass of audiences viewing are on his side. And he also seems to be calm and friendly to them too. The ending was also perfect, and overall a great film, and not to mention the great performances from Robert Duvall, James Woods and Ray Liotta of The Good Fellas, who uses his Tommy Vercetti voice again! Gotta love that guy, gotta love that Denzel Washington, recommended for those who love him.


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