John Q. [DVD] [2002]

Whether you enjoyed John Q or found it preachy, manipulative and overly sentimental, there is no denying that New Line has released another fine DVD. The image, which is framed at 1.85:1 and is anamorphic, is nearly perfect. Nearly because while colors are very vivid, they do look a little over-saturated at times, especially reds, which are prominent at certain points in the film. Otherwise, it's a remarkable transfer with wonderful detail. The sound, with both 5.1 English Dolby Digital and DTS tracks, is also quite strong. Granted, it does seem to be more centered up front, without any significant use of the surround speakers, but the overall effect is still evident. This disc is another in the "Infinifilm" line, and the extras showcase how good that series can be. Just to begin with is a commentary track with director Nick Cassavetes, producer Mark Burg, writer James Kearns, actress Kimberly Elise and cinematographer Roger Stoffers. In addition there is a 35-minute documentary, "Fighting for Care" which takes a look at the state of health care in the United States. Granted, this might be a one-time thing to watch, but is obviously relevant to the picture. Also included is a shorter piece on the making of the film, which is more PR than anything, but still has some interesting comments on the making of the film. Finally, along with the theatrical trailer and press kits for the cast and crew, are six deleted and extended scenes which run around 20 minutes. As with all in this series you can watch these extras alone or while watching the "Infinifilm" version where pop-ups alert you to this additional material while watching the movie. New Line has done it again, producing a fine disc throughout.
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 20)

Special Features

  • Original documentary: "Fighting for Care": an in-depth look into the health care crisis stemming from an organ donor shortage
  • Trivia subtitle track with direct access to additional features
  • Commentary by director Nick Cassavetes, screenwriter James Kearns, producer Mark Burg, and director of photography Roger Stoffers
  • Original documentary: "Behind the Scenes of John Q"
  • Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Theatrical press kit
  • DVD-ROM content:
  • Script-to-screen access to the film
  • Original website
  • Exclusive access to online Infinifilm features
  • Closed Captioned


John Q.
A national health care crisis in the United States yields this tense drama from screenwriter James Kearns and director Nick Cassavetes, who experienced a real-life dilemma with his daughter's congenital heart disease that mirrors the one in this film. Denzel Washington stars as John Q. Archibald, a factory worker facing financial hardship as a result of reduced hours in his workplace. When his young son, Michael (Daniel E. Smith), is stricken during a baseball game, John and his wife, Denise (Kimberly Elise), discover that their child is in need of an emergency heart transplant. Although the Archibalds have health insurance, they are informed by hospital administrator Rebecca Payne (Anne Heche) that their policy doesn't cover such an expensive procedure. Unable to raise the money himself, John persuades the hospital's compassionate cardiac surgeon, Dr. Raymond Turner (James Woods), to waive his lofty fee, but is still left with too much of a financial burden to bear. With no recourse but to take his son home to die, John snaps and holds the staff and patients of the hospital's emergency room hostage at gunpoint. John is soon a media hero, the focus of intense news coverage, even as police chief Gus Monroe (Ray Liotta) and hostage negotiator Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall) try to resolve the situation before it leads to bloodshed. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Denzel Washington
    Denzel Washington - John Q. Archibald
  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall - Frank Grimes
  • James Woods
    James Woods - Dr. Raymond Turner
  • Kimberly Elise
    Kimberly Elise - Denise Archibald
  • Anne Heche
    Anne Heche - Rebecca Payne

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Should be known as a classic


    This movie is sad but awesome. I couldn't imagine being put through what he was forced to go through. The I would reccomend this movie to any family to watch because someone would have to be made of stone to not be touched by this movie. I would be careful about having an over sensitive child watch this movie but that would be my only concern. I would say that an 8 or 9 year old would put themselfs in the position of the child in the movie and would be negatively affected mentally by the thoughts that naturally come when seeing something like it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great love story


    As a father willing to do ANYTHING for his son. This genuine love will bring you to tears when you get ahold of this movie. When your child's life is on the line, what can you do? what are you gonna do? what are the choices? Denzel took his aggression out to prove that his family comes before anything. I wonder if it's based on a true story? He sold everything(car too.), Begged everyone(insurance companies), and then took things into his own hands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie


    Denzel Washington does an excellent job as John Q, the underpaid factory worker father trying desperately to save the life of his son. The movie makes you question both society and yourself to truly consider how situations like the one in this movie should be handled. What would you do? What responsibility does the government have? What responsibility does the hospital have? I definitely suggest adding this movie to your collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Dramatic, So Good


    This is everything you could want in a drama. Denzel Washington nails his role, as a loving father who is forced to take desperate measures to save his young boy's life. Very emotional movie. One of the few movies that made me cry. Such a great movie. Denzel is the man!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More like a Suspense, than a Drama!


    Shows just how far some people will go to help those they love and care for, John Q, delivers a powerful performance and a moving plot; "An excellent movie with one of my favorite actors". Excellent plot, great acting, why wouldn't you want to see it?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A different kind of hero movie.

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    John Q is the kind of father I would like to be if any of my girls were sick. It's really a great movie and you can't help but to be on his side.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An older Movie

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    Such a possibility of today's Health Care. I was rooting for him all the way. Never saw this movie before. Drama adventure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Difficult to watch

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    Absolutely love anything with Denzel Washington in it but this is a difficult movie to watch due to subject matter. Denzel always excels.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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