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John Q [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Denzel Washington , Robert Duvall , Nick Cassavetes    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Gabriela Oltean, Kimberly Elise, Ron Annabelle
  • Directors: Nick Cassavetes
  • Writers: James Kearns
  • Producers: Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, Dale De La Torre, Hillary Sherman, Howard Burkons, James Kearns
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKWX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel at his Best !! 13 Nov 2002
This is one movie which I feel is probably Denzel Washington at his best.It starts with a family ( Denzel's) trying to keep it together in recession hit America. When his son collapses on the baseball field of a little league game and the problems it throws up over the American Health Insurance system. John.Q.(Denzel) finds out that his insurance policy will not pay out for his sons treatment. So he tries different ways to get the necessary money ( $250,000 ) i.e. medi-aid. He finds himself running against a clock that is ticking down for his son. Finally frustrated with total apathy from insurers to doctors and hospital admin and an equally upset wife,he decides to force the issue with the hospital and staff involved. This movie took me from disbelief, to frustration,then rage,then shock and tears that in this day and age a so called World Economy could turn its back on its citizens without a care in the world attitude (MONEY). I know this is only a movie but it makes you realise that for all its faults the U.K. has a good and free on demand health service.As a grown man I can really understand the emotions and fear that is shown in this movie. I hope that this helps you decide to add this movie to your collection. It did me.....
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Terrfic Denzel Performance 26 Nov 2002
This film is enjoyable but lacks the depth that could have turned it into a real winner.
You are pulled along with the story as you follow the family's treatment at the hands of the US healthcare system. It details how a family can go from having no diffiulty obtaining treatment under their insurance to finding that, because of his employer's cutbacks, they are finally denied this very important benefit. You also ask how a family can be so badly off but still not enough to qualify to Medicare.
This film makes you want to do something about the injustice portrayed. It does make you cry, sympathetic and angry. How the American people can still allow this to happen beggers belief.
Washington's character is both appealing and exasperating. He makes the promise that his son WILL be treated and then we follow him as he hits brickwall after brickwall and can do nothing himself until he has to take drastic action.
What lets this film down slightly is that more could have been made of the hospital's stance and why it was wrong. We have one scene where we begin to get to the root of the problem facing the US healthcare system but it does not really build on this.
The support from Woods, Liotta and Duvall is great but you do feel that more could have been made of their characters. The same applies to Anne Heche as the hospital administrator. Not enough time is spent showing why she responds the way she does.
This is well worth watching.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Q..a thrilling tearjerker 10 Feb 2003
My husband and I both watched this DVD, knowing absolutely nothing about it....we were mesmerised, enthralled and sitting on the edge of our chairs. A brilliant far as we know it it is fiction, not based on reality as per Erin Brokavitch.
It is exciting, full of succulent suspense, some incredible humour under unbelievable conditions and a real tear jerker...guys you will need the box of tissues close by for both yourself and partner.
It has everything..a man down on his luck, a supportive but angry wife,a sick kid and American medical bureaucracy. He tries to resolve the problems within the law, but reaches breaking point when his son is on the point of death and so takes the law and his son's hospital into his own hands.
You will not be disappointed a great film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Health is a basic human right 14 Aug 2007
This film is the pioneer and precursor of Michael More's documentary Sicko recently released, but this one is based on a fictional situation. What is a father ready to do to enable his son to get a heart transplant? And what is the system able to do to prevent him from getting it because he does not have enough insurance coverage? The second question is easy to answer: nothing and the system will let the child die. No insurance coverage, no treatment. The first question is a lot more difficult to answer; the film goes very far in the fiction and yet it is absolutely believable. Yes a father is able to kidnap innocent people and medical personnel to impose a positive solution. Then the rest is pure luck, haphazard chance, good effective media, a lot of human feeling, a mistake done by the shoot-first-ask-questions-second chief of police in his four star uniform, and of course a lot of sympathy from the public which is perfectly understandable when you know 46 millions Americans have no health coverage at all and probably twenty more millions have a partial coverage, i.e. not full coverage or full coverage not all the time. The film is of course very effective emotionally, and it uses some short sequences from the news programs of the 1990s when Hillary Clinton was trying in the name of her husband to convince Congress to pass legislation on the subject and failed. I think even to kill yourself to provide your own son with a heart is an option that could be considered by some fathers. Of course the film did not emphasize the real negative sides of the problem, the greediness of some doctors, the total indifference of most administrative personnel, the brutality of the police in such cases who would consider a forceful solution before a peaceful one. But there must be some dream even when dealing with such a subject.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine & University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne
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