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John Q. (Infinifilm Edition) (2002)

Denzel Washington , Robert Duvall , Nick Cassavetes  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Eddie Griffin
  • Directors: Nick Cassavetes
  • Writers: James Kearns
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Michael De Luca, Richard Saperstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKWX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Q. (Infinifilm Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original documentary "Fighting for Care"
  • Fact Track - Trivia subtitle track with direct access to additional features
  • Behind the scenes documentary
  • Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
  • Theactrical press kit
  • DVD-ROM: script-to-screen access to film

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Additional Features

The DVD extras include "Fighting for Care," a documentary featurette, as well as audio commentary from the director, screenwriter, producer, and director of photography. One can also select optional Infinifilm pop-ups that trigger one- to two-minute expansions on the movie. The pop-ups can be simple cast bios, commentary from the actors and directors, screen-test footage, and how-did-they-do-that? setup shots, but many of them are further illustrations of the trials a patient in need of an organ transplant can face. Taken together, they become a more scathing indictment of insurance companies and the American healthcare system than the film itself. --Ali Davis

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Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars in this powerful drama about a father who takes extreme measures to save his son's life when his insurance company refuses to cover his heart transplant surgery.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
DVD ROM Features
DVD ROM exclusive web site
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Fighting for Care" January 8, 2006
"John Q" is good for some thought-provoking ideas and questions concerning the ever-growing problems with our nation's health care policies, as well as some hard-hitting performances from its arsenal of talented actors. For these reasons, the movie qualifies as an average crowd pleaser, though it's predictability, as well as some cloyed storytelling in its second half, keep it from being the powerful drama it aspires to be.

Washington gives an outstanding performance, but is dragged by Elise's crying.... This is not one of those movies that are only worth watching on video, it's a great movie that I recommend to everyone who's mature enough to watch a boy dying right in front of his parents, at 10. Think about that. One of Washington's best line in this film is," I will not bury my son, my son is going to bury me!" Denzel Washington is amazing as always, and I've seen most of his films, I've never once been disappointed. He can play anything, and his role as a caring father in this film was enough to make me want to rate this three stars alone. But once you throw in solid dialogue, a great plot and other supporting actors, you have yourself one truly great movie.

I was disappointed by one aspect of this movie: the fact that it wasn't released earlier that year, because Washington surely would've received an Oscar nomination for this instead of "Training Day". It's hard to not like this movie and impossible to not feel for the characters. I'll see this movie again and I hope that by reading this review you'll see it too.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
At the height of the HMO arrogance, Corporatized Medicine believed that they could mistreat human beings in the name of the dollar. I believe, I hope, that their attitude has taken a turn as they realized humanity will not be slapped down. Stir in the extra emotion of organ donation, in which one must die for another to live, and you have the electric tension of John Q.

John Archibald (Denzel Washington) is a good man, a hard worker, who just needs a little more luck and a few more hours at the slow factory job he holds. When his son, Mike (Daniel E. Smith) collapses at a baseball game, he is rushed to the hospital where John and his wife Denise (Kimberly Elise) discover that Mike needs a heart transplant, quickly.

But, John's insurance won't cover it. His company switched his health plan from a PPO to an HMO to save money, and there is no provision for transplantation. Hospital Director Rebecca Payne (played surprisingly well by Anne Heche) demands Mikey's transplant be treated as a cash account, demanding $75,000 down payment before Mike can even get on the donor list. (still think the donation process is not dollar driven?)

John tries to raise the money, but time is running out. In a desperate attempt to save his child, John takes heart surgeon Dr. Raymond Turner (James Woods) hostage, along with the emergency room staff, demanding that his son's name get on the list.

Hostage negotiator Lt. Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall) arrives on the scene, but is hampered by the presence of media-hungry Police Chief Gus Monroe (Ray Liotta). Also present is Tuck Lampley (Paul Johansson) a television reporter hungry for 'The Story' but who is sympathetic to John's plight.

The film is not action packed, but nonetheless has a palpable tension.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, bad script..... July 26, 2002
Denzel Washington seems incapable of giving anything short of a great performance. He can be tough, scared, or tender, as the moment requires and this movie requires him to be all three. He plays a man who is devoted to his family and who is frustrated because the reduced hours of his job have caused a family financial crisis. When his son collapses on the baseball field because of a serious heart condition, John Q. (Washington) discovers that his insurance coverage has been reduced and will not cover a required heart transplant. After exhausting all the legal means at his disposal, John Q. takes over the hospital at gun-point and demands that his son be given a heart. The script then begins to spiral into melodrama and it becomes somewhat preachy. The message of poor health care for lower-income people may be legitimate, but it is presented in a heavy-handed manner. Despite these flaws, there are some tender and some tense moments in the film. Watching Denzel Washington is worth the price of admission.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of Its Time, Startling, Watch Sicko also November 23, 2007
I have always liked Hollywood movies that put the secret intelligence world on the spot:
Enemy of the State
Breach (Widescreen Edition)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

This movie is so on target, but I did not want to watch it because I tended to put it off as over the top. After watching Michael Moore's Sicko (Special Edition), I went and rented this movie and am glad I did. If you wish, read my review of Sicko before watching John Q.

I'm not going to give away the ending, there are many excellent reviews below, but the bottom line is that our medical system is totally corrupt, trapping good people in a very bad system. We need to change that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Kenneth Carcamo Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME Movie! Denzel at his BEST!
Published 15 days ago by Ms Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars The vital statistics of this medical drama are fantastic.
John Q. faces the same problem a lot of struggling Americans do today. As the film unfolds, some very critical issues surface. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Matthew McCann
5.0 out of 5 stars Health insurance drama
JOHN Q (2002) is a drama about health insurance, starring Denzel Washington (father), Kimberly Elise (mother), James Woods (heart surgeon), and Robert Duvall (police negotiator). Read more
Published 27 days ago by Tom Brody
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!
This is a great movie. Denzel Washington is at his usual best and the actor who plays his son should have received an award for his performance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth A. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I have never seen a bad Denzel Washington movie...but this was so over the top, it was truly one of his best
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn L.
5.0 out of 5 stars John Q
Love the movie. Had no problem with the seller. This movie shows how much a good parent can love his or her child. It was very heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time.
Published 2 months ago by Judith M. Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
One of my favorite movies of all time, purchased because my kids were old enough to watch it. One of the few movies I can watch more than once!
Published 4 months ago by KWB
5.0 out of 5 stars John Q.
Amazing! Our love for our children's can broke all stereotypes and situations. I love it! And I love Denzel movies!
Published 4 months ago by Inés Z. Ramos Vargas
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one
I can not get over how attached I have become to this great actor's movies. This show what really could happen when our health system fails us.
Published 5 months ago by D. McCormick
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It called The Voice inside my Heart and it is sung by Patti LaBelle. If you ever find it recorded somewhere let me know because I've never seen it and I've looked forever.
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