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John Q (Widescreen) [Import]

Denzel Washington , Robert Duvall , Nick Cassavetes    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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Après un premier long-métrage extraordinaire (She’s So Lovely), Nick Cassavetes, fils de l’illustre John, s’est vu confier la réalisation de John Q. par un grand studio hollywoodien. Mettant en vedette Denzel Washington, acteur déjà deux fois oscarisé, ce film reste fidèle aux diktats de l’industrie sans toutefois sombrer dans la mièvrerie.

John et sa femme sont les heureux parents d’un petit garçon d’une dizaine d’années. Malgré le manque d’argent, ils l’élèvent dans la bonne foi chrétienne, jusqu’au jour où on lui découvre une malformation cardiaque qui nécessitera une transplantation. À court de moyens pour assumer les coûts de cette opération, John ira jusqu’à prendre l’hôpital en otage pour prouver son engagement à son fils.

Selon des ressorts dramatiques éprouvés, John Q. se déroule comme une course contre la montre où les bons – John, sa femme et ses amis – se débattent dans les dédales administratifs et luttent contre les méchants – les médias avides, les policiers, un système de santé qui ne soigne que les riches. Malgré une structure simpliste et manichéenne, et grâce au charisme de Denzel Washington, on ne peut s’empêcher de voir dans ce film une illustration somme toute réussie et émouvante du mythe de l’héroïsme façon Hollywood. --Helen Faradji

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Big Heart July 15 2004
What a touching movie.This movie star's Denzel Washington(a terrific actor ), he plays the role of a caring father that would sacrifice his life for his son.
John Q. lives a normal life with his wife and 9 year old son.John's whole life is about to change all at his son's baseball game.at the game he uncovers that his son has a physical problem.he rushes his son to the hospital.the doctors tell him that his son has a deadly heart disease and will need a heart transplant.JOhn will stop at nothing to get a heart fof his son.It will cost $250,000 to do the surgery the down payment is $75,000 ,he cant come up with that amount of money.He makes many sacrifices but still does not even come close to that amount of money.
He decides to keep the heart surgeon hostage untill they put his sons name on the donors list.he ends up with the whole hospital hostage,all of this is happening while his son is dying
This movie has a great story and a terrific ending.Their were short scenes of a woman in a car accident she ties up with the whole story at the end.the interesting thing about this movie is that it is a true story!
a great quote is when John wants to kill himself because the chances for his son's heart is coming out pretty slim he says "I will die, but my son will live......"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The superb :"John Q" with Denzel Washington July 6 2004
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JOHN Q was an amazing , important piece of work by Nick Cassavetes. Wow. Seems both sad and ironic that I watch this during Fourth of July weekend, when we boast again about our Independence from England, yet our country is in a pitiful mess. This is a great performance by Denzel ranking up there with "Training Day", "Glory" and "Philadelphia". A couple of times he goes over the top as John Q, but his acting and emotions make his character believable. John Q is a working man, whose family is just getting by, you can say their poor, as when his wife car becomes repossessed by the bank. His family has medical insurance, where he pays $100 a month or so, although as we learn doesn't mean a damn thing when it REALLY MATTERS. His kid becomes sick and we learn that he has a bad heart. Q's only recourse is to give his kid a heart transplant at the behest of a greedy HMO Chiropractor played James Woods and the greedy , white hospital director Rebecca Payne played Anne Heche. These are some vile characters. Despite the claims that Hope Memorial hospital helps out everyone, in reality they help out the rich with fat checkbooks.
Q learns that PPO former medical plan has changed and that the hospital wont offer any help. So basically he has to watch his son die with the Hospital Director with her million dollar salary and others not giving a damn. Aint that sweet Capitalism and Greed triumphs over Loyalty and Values in America. Q takes matter into his own hands and well the rest is history. Nick Cassavetes through this powerful, great film brings into the focus the Disarray , and Greed in Medical Care in America. Despite the fact that we boast about being the greatest superpower, WE CANT even take care of our people and, sadly it seems that the person in charge don't care.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too true for words June 1 2004
For those who reviewed this movie that stated that this movie was 'unreal' and this 'would not happen' and it's just a propaganda for the democrats are living in dream land. Maybe they are single, healthy and never get to go to the Dr., and are not aware of the pathetic state of health care of America.
I've had to deal myself since my son was born. My son has Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. His skin basically falls apart at the slightest touch. It is awful, brutal (see some clinical pics at my website, silviaskingdom.com). The only treatment that my son has is basically take care of the wounds, which cover, at times, as much as 60-75% of his body. Some of these wounds are chronic and take months to heal. Taking care of wounds is vital because if a bad infection occurs, my son could die. Infection is the number one killer of persons diagnosed with my son's condition. You would think that insurance companies would cover the medical supplies, the ointments, the bandages and everything involved in taking care of the wounds, but the reality is, the vast majority of HMOs do not. They don't because bandages and related products to care for wounds are 'over the counter', hence not covered under insurances.
Sounds crazy? It is. And there is nothing I can do about it. Some states, if the income is low enough, provide some services that include coverage for bandages, and that is what fortunately is saving us, because I could never afford to pay the tens of thousands of dollars it takes each year just to purchase the various skin care products my son needs. I know what you're thinking... there is no way bandages cost that much! Yes they do actually... for example: an 8x10 sheet of Mepitel for deep wound coverage is $40.
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3.0 out of 5 stars JOHN Q Wants You For Socialized Health Insurance Feb. 27 2004
Do you have health insurance? If the answer is "Why no, Roman, I don't believe I do," then you really need to check out JOHN Q.
JOHN Q, a drama starring Denzel Washington as a father who takes matters into his own hands when his insurance won't foot the bill on a new heart for his dying son, has all the elements of a great drama except one - it tries desperately, but miserably fails to really keep you guessing.
Basic synopsis: Washington stars as John Q. Archibald, the kind of fellow who can't seem to get a break. However, his family life, while not full of monetary riches, is full of the heart-felt kind. And, when it comes to heart, no one surpasses his son, whose heart turns out to be three times too large. After young Mike Arhibald passes out on the baseball field (thunk!), doctors book him for a brief stay on the planet without a normal-sized heart, which his insurance won't pay for. The doctors and hospital administrators don't seem too sympathetic and old John Q just can't raise enough to money to fix the situation. So, in the dark of night, by the light of the full moon, he jumps the fence of a nearby pet cemetery and steals the heart of a pig in a desperate attempt to save his only son. O.k., that last part isn't true. I made it up. But, things do get nutty when John Q takes over the ER at gunpoint, demanding his son be placed at the top of the donor list.
The Cast: Denzel Washington (HURRICANE; GLORY) does an excellent job in any role he takes on. He can be an ex-slave soldier with no real heart, a boxer with all heart, or a daddy whose kid has too much heart. His part as John Q is no exception. He does a great job of looking flustered and scared yet determined throughout the crisis, like a real father would.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE
Awesome movie with thought-provoking content. D. Washington is one of my favourite actors and he did not dissapoint in this movie.
Published 16 months ago by Lorraine Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
great movie a movie me and my dad can watch together talk about one I can watch over and over again
Published 16 months ago by bugslythepug
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
I was utterly surprised at the reactions of the audience when I went to see this in the theater. I could not believe that I appeared to be the only person who was totally apalled... Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by LoVe2ReAd
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice Try; No Cigar
The quick shot of the lamentable Hilary Clinton at the end of this epic gave the whole thing away--A Libber hatchet job on the American health care system. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Take Back America
5.0 out of 5 stars Health Insurance for Everyone. Not!
I saw this movie at school and we had a discussion afterwards on health care in America. Health care in America is very inadequate to those that are in dire need of insurance. Read more
Published on April 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sad and very powerful
A son who has a hearfailur that needs a doner for a heart transplant. A father in tears and will stop
at nothing to get his son a heart transplan. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by Robert evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Moving Emotions That Touch Your Soul
John Q is a masterpiece about a father who's son goes into heart failure. Left broke and no options left he can't afford the expense for the donor's list he snaps. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by "lonelydreamer"
4.0 out of 5 stars see it
yes denzel is back sgain. this is a good movie that an interesting plot. denzel is greatnes like always. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by jordan luciano
1.0 out of 5 stars The movie stars Denzel Washington (The Movie Still Sucks)
Denzel, Robert Duval, James Woods, Ray Liotta - and yet none of these talented artists could save this debacle of a movie. This good guy gone bad genre has got to end! Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Jose Noboa
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