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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Give a father no options and you leave him no choice.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 May 2002 (Netherlands) 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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie features the last footage of film Director Ted Demme. 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

[after Julie pepper sprays Mitch after his fight with John in the waiting area of the emergency room]
Mitch: YOU STUPID BITCH!
Julie Bird: [kicks Mitch on the side] That's for beating the shit out of me!
Julie Bird: [kicks Mitch again] That is for being an asshole! And this, this is for calling me a bitch!
[she kicks him in the groin]
Lester: [as he and the staff laugh] Oo I felt that one!
Julie Bird: [taking off her blond wig] I'm not gonna be your Barbie any more!
Lester: All that ass and muscles to go with it! Man, I knew damn well that wasn't no blonde!
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Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Life on a Chain
Written by Pete Yorn
Performed by Pete Yorn
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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John Q. is solid.
10 August 2002 | by smla02See all my reviews

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Starring: Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise, Robert Duvall, and ray Liotta.

John Q. is basically what the tagline says it is. You leave a father no options, you leave him no choice. That's pretty much true. Washington plays John Q. Archibald, a loving husband and caring father who must come up with 250,000 dollars to pay for his son' heart transplant or watch him die. You got to see how the hospital is unfair to John. He even states that it gives 75,000,000 dollars worth of heart transplants for free to a certain amount of people and they wouldn't give it to him from good will. John an his family are very poor and you see how hard it is for him to do this. He takes the hospital hostage to get his son a heart transplant. The movie is very solid and intelligent. There couldn't have been a better actor for John than Denzel. He is one of the greatest actors of our time and he helps prove it here. Don't listen to what Ebert says and go rent this movie.


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