Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 7, 2009
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: New Line Home Video
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, German, Spanish
- Dolby True HD 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, German, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary:
- Director Nick Cassavetes
- Writer James Kearns
- Producer Mark Burg
- Cinematographer Rogier Stoffers
- FIGHTING FOR CARE: In-depth look at the Healthcare crisis caused by organ donor shortages
- Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/15/2002
"...Mr. Washington manages to be fittingly morose without losing his powerhouse quality..."
USA Today - 02/15/2002
"...[Washington] puts in another strong performance..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/15/2002
"...JOHN Q. is unafraid to speak the plain truth..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/01/2002
"...[The film] raises genuine, sobering questions....Washington performs with a tearful, righteous anger..."
John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington) is struggling through a recession trying to provide for his son Mikey (Daniel E. Smith) and his waitress wife (Kimberly Elise). Mikey collapses at a Little League game and is rushed to a hospital. The situation is bleak. Only a heart transplant will save Mikey's life. John's HMO refuses to cover the expensive surgery. With the hospital and his insurance provider unwilling to help and his wife pleading with John to act, he takes matters into his own hands, holding the hospital's renowned heart surgeon (James Woods) and several others hostage in an emergency care wing until the surgery will be performed.
Nick Cassavetes directed this attack on the American health care system. Like his previous feature, SHE'S SO LOVELY, Cassavetes proves adept at mining the political ramifications out of human drama. The film criticizes hospitals and health care providers for working in collusion against the working class. This moving drama is propelled by the intense lead performance by Washington as one man against an unjust system.
Family Crises |
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