Menace II Society/John Q [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • John Q. - Original documentary - Fighting for Care features an in-depth look into the health care crisis stemming from an organ donor shortage and the lives that have been affected
  • Fact track - Trivia subtitle track with direct access to additional features
  • Commentary by director Nick Cassavetes, screenwriter James Kearns, producer Mark Burg and director of photography Rogier Stoffers
  • Original documentary: Behind the scenes of John Q
  • Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Theatrical press kit
  • Script-to-screen access to the film
  • Original website
  • Exclusive access to on-line infinifilm features
  • Menace II Society: Widescreen and full-frame versions of the film!
  • Interview with the Hughes brothers
  • "Star Highlights" showcasing the stars of this film in separate clips from five other movies!
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Cast biographies and filmographies
  • Dolby Digital multi-channel surround sound and more!
  • 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

Menace II Society
This debut offering from twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes was one of the most critically-acclaimed urban crime films to appear in the wake of John Singleton's influential Boyz N the Hood. Set in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, the film is narrated by 18-year-old Caine (Tyrin Turner), a drug dealer and car thief who lives with his religious grandparents. After graduating from high school, Caine shows no ambition beyond hanging out with his friends, so his grandparents kick him out. Among his other troubles are his best friend O-Dog (Larenz Tate), a vicious thug hunted by the police, and the friends and family of the girl Caine got pregnant and then turned his back on. Perhaps the lone positive influence in his sphere is Ronnie (Jada Pinkett), a single parent struggling to raise her young son without the boy falling prey to the 'hood mentality. When their friendship becomes a love affair, Ronnie tries desperately to convince Caine to move with her to Atlanta. ~ Jason Ankeny, 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
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