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John Q (2002)

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

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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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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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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,612,171 (USA) (17 February 2002)

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$71,756,802 (USA)
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Nick Cassavetes: A reporter on the courthouse steps at the end. See more »

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During the closing scene in which John is being sentenced in court he is found guilty for the "kidnapping and false imprisonment of [each hostage]." In reality this would not have been a single charge, rather a series of individual charges with a guilty or not guilty verdict in the case of each hostage taken. Moreover, "kidnapping" would not apply to most if any of the cases as such a charge necessitates asportation (the moving of a person or property illegally). Given that they never left the ER, false imprisonment would likely be the only charge. See more »

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Lester: [laughing in realization] I get it, you a member of the Slapaho Tribe.
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La La (Means I Love You)
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A Very Human and Affecting Drama...
21 December 2005 | by (United States) – See 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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