15 certificateJohn Q is a Film programme that first aired in 2002 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

John Q is a 2 star programme

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John Q (2002)

Directed by
Nick Cassavetes

Nick Cassavetes' film stars Denzel Washington as John Q Archibald, a blue collar worker who's been "downsized". When his son Mike (Daniel E. Smith) collapses at a baseball game and is diagnosed as needing a heart transplant, John is convinced his insurance will cover it. It won't: he needs $250,000 and can only raise $20,000.

As the hospital administrator Rebecca Payne (Anne Heche) refuses treatment and cardiologist Raymond Turner (James Woods) looks helplessly on, John takes the only course he sees open and takes them and the rest of the Emergency Room - staff and patients alike - hostage. As grizzled negotiator Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall) and hot-shot police chief Gus Monroe (Ray Liotta) arrive, the question is whether John will succeed in getting his son a heart or whether he will end up the victim of a police marksman.

Cassavetes had a personal stake in the film - at the time his daughter was on a donated organ recipient list - and the film also strikes a political nerve, exposing the government-encouraged withdrawal of health benefits for low-paid workers, leaving them at the mercy of under-funded public medicine and at the back of the queue for organ donation. The cast, sprinkled with Oscar winners and nominees, never try and outshine each other, and Washington's central performance, ranging from righteous anger at the system to desperate worry at his son's plight, carries the drama of the film beyond its issues.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2002

2/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington...John Quincy Archibald
Gabriela Oltean...Beautiful Woman
Image for Robert DuvallRobert Duvall...Lt. Frank Grimes
James Woods...Dr. Raymond Turner
Ron Annabelle...Tow Truck Driver
Image for Anne HecheAnne Heche...Rebecca Payne
Eddie Griffin...Lester Matthews
Daniel E. Smith...Mike Archibald
Kimberly Elise...Denise Archibald
David Thornton...Jimmy Palumbo
Image for Shawn HatosyShawn Hatosy...Mitch Quigley
Barry G. King...Personnel Manager
Heather Wahlquist...Julie Bird
Image for Laura HarringLaura Harring...Gina Palumbo
Image for Ray LiottaRay Liotta...Chief Gus Monroe