John Q (Ws)

Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Starring Denzel Washington, James Woods, Robert Duvall

March 11, 2008 | DVD

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It's easy to expect a lot of a film with such impressive star power -- Denzel Washington, James Woods, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche, Ray Liotta -- but this earnest indictment of the state of the U.S. health care system ends up with too much melo- in its drama. Washington plays Chicago-area everyman John Quincy Archibald, a man with troubles enough: the factory where he works is scaling back hours, which means he may lose his house, and his wife is beginning to give under the pressure. When his young son falls ill during a baseball game, John races to a city emergency room where he learns that his boy depserately needs heart surgery. Unfortunately, the costly procedure isn't covered by the family's insurance. Though John convinces a compassionate cardiac surgeon (James Woods) to waive his fee, the procedure is still out of reach. Desperate to do something other than watch his son die, John takes the ER staff and patients hostage and the media circus begins. Amid the camera lights and barricades, the chief of police (Ray Liotta) and a top hostage negotiator (Robert Duavll) try to reason with John before tension turns to tragedy. A great premise, but the execution is disappointing.

The Infinifilm DVD includes filmmaker's commentary, deleted scenes with optional commentary and behand-the-scenes footage.

Video Release: March 11, 2008

Theatrical Release: 2002

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

UPC: 065935142270

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John Q (Ws)

Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Starring Denzel Washington, James Woods, Robert Duvall

Video Release: March 11, 2008

Theatrical Release: 2002

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

UPC: 065935142270


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