John Q


1h 50m 2002

Brief Synopsis

John Q. Archibald is an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family. His wife Denise and young son Michael are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that John Q. can't afford and his health insurance won't cover, he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive. With time and options running out, a desperate gamble becomes his only hope--he takes the emergency room hostage. As John Q. barricades himself inside the hospital along with his unwitting group of emergency room hostages, many of them in need of medical care themselves, he faces off with a veteran police hostage negotiator and a quick-tempered police chief who both want to bring a swift end to the stand-off.

Film Details

Also Known As
John Q.
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Thriller
Medical
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.; Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; By David's; By David's Capers On Location; C-Span; CNN; Cast & Crew Entertainment Services; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Elite Casting; En Route Catering; Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.; New Line Cinema; Ontario Film Development Corporation; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Primary Wave Entertainment; Soundelux; Starcraft; Todd-Ao
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE); 20th Century Fox International; Aurum Producciones; Contender Entertainment; Distribution Company; Gaga Communications (Parent); Intercom; Metropolitan Filmexport; Myndform; New Line Cinema; Nexo Digital; Paradiso Entertainment; SF Studios; Svensk Filmindustri Norway; Videocine; Village Roadshow Limited; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

John Q. Archibald is an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family. His wife Denise and young son Michael are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that John Q. can't afford and his health insurance won't cover, he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive. With time and options running out, a desperate gamble becomes his only hope--he takes the emergency room hostage. As John Q. barricades himself inside the hospital along with his unwitting group of emergency room hostages, many of them in need of medical care themselves, he faces off with a veteran police hostage negotiator and a quick-tempered police chief who both want to bring a swift end to the stand-off.

Cast

Denzel Washington

John Quincy Archibald

Kimberly Elise

Denise Archibald

James Woods

Doctor Raymond Turner

Ray Liotta

Chief Monroe

Anne Heche

Rebecca Payne

Robert Duvall

Lieutenant Frank Grimes

Eddie Griffin

Lester

Kevin Connolly

Steve Maguire

Paul Johansson

Tuck Lampley

Ethan Suplee

Max

Shawn Hatosy

Mitch

Heather Wahlquist

Julie

Obba Babatundé

Sergeant Moody

Gabriela Oltean

Beautiful Woman

Ron Annabelle

Tow Truck Driver

Daniel E Smith

Mike Archibald

David Thornton

Jimmy Palumbo

Barry G King

Personnel Manager

Laura Elena Harring

Gina Palumbo

Larissa Laskin

Doctor Klein

Vanessa Branch

Nurse

Stephanie Moore

Admitting Nurse

James Finnerty

Reggie

Michael Jaye

Insurance Representive

Yanna Mcintosh

State Employee

Linda Massad

Social Services Representative

Noam Jenkins

Medicaid Official

Allegra Fulton

Sick Girl'S Mom

Darrin Brown

Tv Buyer

Shera Danese

Shelby'S Wife

Kirsta Teague

Doctor Turner'S Assistant

Rick Sood

Er Doctor

Troy Beyer

Miriam

Troy Winbush

Steve

Martha Chaves

Rosa

Scott Matthew Bloom

Desk Guard

Dina Waters

Debby Utley

Carlos Diaz

Paramedic No 1

Joseph Duer

Paramedic No 1

Simon Sinn

Fong

Jeff Douglas

Computer Cop

Keram Malicki-sanchez

Freddy B

Philip Williams

Wally Pitoniak

Nigel Shawn Williams

News Anchor

Frank Cassavetes

Sniper

Colin Evans

Videographer

Angelo Tsarouchas

Barricade Cop

Marcia Johnson

Medical Transplant No 1

Vijay Mehta

Medical Transplant No 2

Andrew Schaff

U N O S Official

Malcolm Nefsky

Nick

Jay Leno

Himself

Gloria Allred

Herself

Arianna Huffington

Herself

Ted Demme

Himself

Claire Rankin

Public Defender

Philip Craig

Judge

Gerry Quigley

Jury Foreman

Lester Matthews

Human Services Representative

George Venckus

Leadman

Nasir Jones

Himself

Larry King

Self

Bill Maher

Himself

Scott Bloom

Jay Leno

Self

Larry King

Himself

Gloria Allred

Self

Nasir Jones

Self

Arianna Huffington

Self

Ted Demme

Self

Bill Maher

Self

Crew

Dede Allen

Editor

Gloria Allred

Other

Roy T Anderson

Stunts

Ron Annabelle

Other

Rick Avery

Stunt Coordinator (Calgary)

Rudy Baccuchi

Driver

Lane Baker

Additional Avid Assistant

Matt Barry

Casting

Matthew Barry

Casting

Nina Barry

Casting Associates (Usa)

Robert Batha

Sound Assistant

Gordon Becker

Art Department

Lisa A Becker

Video Supervisor

Thomas Bell

Song ("La La (Means I Love You)")

Denis Bellingham

Boom Operator

Andy Bely

Props Assistant

Mike Binder

Special Thanks

Matt Birman

Stunts

Sttphanie Anne Weber Biron

Camera Trainee (Montreal)

Carolyn Blackwood

Legal Services

Jean-francois Boivin

Assistant Unit Manager (Montreal)

Brian Borcherdt

Trainee Assistant Editor (Toronto)

Paul Boucher

"B" Camera Operator

Laurel Bresnahan

Other

Paul Broucek

Music Executive

Christopher Brown

Video Assistant

Darrin Brown

Second 2nd Assistant Director

Gord Brown

Other

Pierre Brunet

Location Manager (Montreal)

Pierre Brunet

Assistant Production Manager

Percy Budd

Driver

Mark Burg

Producer

Howard Burkons

Co-Executive Producer

Barney Cabral

Adr Supervisor

Kelly Cabral

Sound Supervisor

Mario Cacioppo

Key Makeup Artist

Christian Caperaa

Camera Loader (Montreal)

Thomas Carnegie

Art Director

Morgan Carpenter

Electrician

Laurie Cartwright

Other

Nick Cassavetes

Song ("The Voice Inside My Heart")

Rich Cassavetes

Song ("The Voice Inside My Heart")

Virginia Cassavetes

Special Thanks

Jeffrey Cassidy

Other

Don Caulfield

Electrician

Stefania Cella

Production Designer

Larry M. Cherry

Denzel Washington'S Hairstylist

Kim Chow

Set Costumer

Stacey S. Clipp

Associate Editor

Jayson Clute

"A" Camera Focus Puller

Donald Colafranceschi

Production Assistant

Matt Colleran

Dubbing Recordist

William M Connor

1st Assistant Director

Robin D. Cook

Casting (Canada)

Leslie Cowan

Production Coordinator (Calgary)

Mark Cowden

Electrician

Mark Cowden

Best Boy Electric

Carolyn Cox

"B" Camera Focus Puller

Frank Darabont

Special Thanks

Dale De La Torre

Co-Executive Producer

Michael De Luca

Studio Executive

Michael De Luca

Executive Producer

Jennifer Deigl

Set Production Assistant (Chicago)

Ted Demme

Other

Gerry Deschenes

Set Dresser

Renee Desrochers

Assistant (To Mark Burg)

Stephen Dewey

Additional Music Design (Machine Head)

Wally Dibacco

Driver

Shuba Discupta

1st Assistant Special Effects

John Dodds

Stunts

Dean Drabin

Adr Mixer

Wileen Dragovan

Other

Donna Dupere-taylor

Extras Casting Coordinator

Lyle Edge

Stunts

Jeff Egan

Production Safety

Prudence Emery

Unit Publicist

Carlos Estevez

Special Thanks

Colin Evans

Video Camera Operator

Yuri Everson

Supervisor

Keith Filkins

Transportation Captain (Chicago)

Burton Fink

Special Thanks

Jim Finkbeiner

Stunts

Steve Fitzpatrick

Craft Service Assistant (Starcraft Service Inc)

Tom Fleischman

Re-Recording Mixer

Jill Fleishman

Stand-In

Mike Flicker

Music Editor

Earl Fligg

Assistant Location Manager

Gregory P Fontana

Adr Medical Consultant

Richard Ford

Music Editor

Lucie Fournier

Other

Steve Frakes

Supervisor

Francine Francis-lee

Hair Stylist

Ross Fraser

Construction Coordinator

Carla Fry

Executive In Charge Of Production

Carl Fullerton

Denzel Washington'S Makeup Artist

Rick Gagnon

Location Production Assistant

Sam Gainor

Assistant Production Coordinator (Calgary)

Rick Garbutt

"D" Camera Operator (Calgary)

Nick Gazda

Assistant Art Director

Chris Geggie

Property Master

Ava Gerlitz

Still Photographer

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Hector Gika

Effects Editor

Alec Gillis

Body Effects Designer & Creator

Paule Girardin

Production Coordinator (Montreal)

Reg Glass

Stunts

Tom Glass

Stunt Coordinator (Calgary)

Emily Glatter

Supervising Production Coordinator

Daniel Godin

Special Effects (Calgary)

Emile Godin

Special Effects (Calgary)

Vince Gordon

Electrician

Elizabeth Gray

Casting Associate (Canada)

Lori Greenberg

Production Supervisor

David Greenblatt

Picture Car Wrangler

Paul Guenette

"B" 1st Assistant Camera (Calgary)

Dianne Haggarty

Grip

Corwin Hall

Stand-In

Melissa Hall

Assistant Production Coordinator

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Laura Harris

Dialogue Editor

Mathew Hart

Co-Producer

Mathew Hart

Unit Production Manager

William Hart

Song

Joanne Harwood

Script Supervisor

Jacqui Hemingway

Scenic Artist

Mo Henry

Negative Cutter

Berenicci Hershorn

2nd Assistant Editor (Toronto)

Jerry Hey

Original Music

Jerry Hey

Music Conductor

Erik Holmberg

Production Executive

Peter G Horn

Location Manager (Calgary)

Peter G Horn

Assistant Production Manager

Arianna Huffington

Other

Stuart Hughes

Driver

Chadwick Humphrey

Construction Bookkepper

Mike Hyde

Other

Mike Hyde

Head Carpenter

Don Irvine

Rigging Grip

Dianne Irving

Other

Sharon Irving

Truck Costumer

Marc Jacobs

Production Resources

Craig Jaeger

Effects Editor

Henry Jesiak

Assistant Property Master

Michael K Jones

Driver

Nasir Jones

Other

Pierric Jouvante

Best Boy Electrician (Montreal)

Steven Juliani

Music Preparation

Avram Kaplan

Unit Production Manager (Usa)

Avram Kaplan

Executive Producer

Richard Karol

Driver Captain (Montreal)

Mark S. Kaufman

Music Clearances Executive

Jim Kearns

Co-Producer

Jim Kearns

Screenwriter

David Kelly

"C" 1st Assistant Camera (Calgary)

Norm Kelner

Other

Steve Kempster

Scoring Recorder & Mixer

Tony Kenny

Special Effects Supervisor

Nancy Green Keyes

Casting

Larry King

Other

Denis Kirkham

Set Dresser

Inge Klaudi

Makeup Artist

Kaz Kobielski

Special Effects Supervisor (Calgary)

M Kohnhorst

Dp/Cinematographer

M Kohnhorst

Director Of Photography (Chicago)

M Kohnhorst

Other

Alex Kontsalakis

Payroll Accountant

Andrea Kool

Casting Assistant (Canada)

Oren Koules

Producer

Andrea Kristof

Art Department Coordinator

Kristi Kusabaski

1st Assistant Accountant

Patti Labelle

Song Performer ("The Voice Inside My Heart")

Hillel Laks

Special Thanks

Elis Lam

Art Director

Tony Lamberti

Effects Editor

Tony Lamberti

Sound Effects Editor

Roy Lance

Picture Car Wrangler

Roy Lance

Helicopter Pilot

Tim Leach

Art Department

Richard Lederer

Assistant Director (Chicago)

Isabelle Leduc

Production Secretary

David Lee

Production Mixer

Benoit Lefebvre

Office Assistant (Montreal)

Robert J Lemos

Assistant Editor

Jay Leno

Other

Dominique Leroutier

Assistant Location Manager (Montreal)

Alan Letts

Assistant Head Carpenter

Alexandra Leviloff

1st Assistant Editor (Film)

Jody Levin

Executive In Charge Of Post-Production

Jolie Levine-aller

Music Contractor

M Michael Lewis

Key Grip (Chicago)

Traci Lewis

Assistant Director (Chicago)

Jeff Lingle

Assistant Music Editor

Mark Logan

Location Manager

John Lopez

Casting Associates (Usa)

Cam Macdonald

"B" Camera Operator (Calgary)

Lara Macinnis

3rd Assistant Art Director

Kenneth Mackenzie

Key Grip (Montreal)

Robin Mader

Accounting Assistant

Bill Maher

Other

Mark Manchester

Key Grip

Film Details

Also Known As
John Q.
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Thriller
Medical
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.; Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; By David's; By David's Capers On Location; C-Span; CNN; Cast & Crew Entertainment Services; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Elite Casting; En Route Catering; Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.; New Line Cinema; Ontario Film Development Corporation; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Primary Wave Entertainment; Soundelux; Starcraft; Todd-Ao
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE); 20th Century Fox International; Aurum Producciones; Contender Entertainment; Distribution Company; Gaga Communications (Parent); Intercom; Metropolitan Filmexport; Myndform; New Line Cinema; Nexo Digital; Paradiso Entertainment; SF Studios; Svensk Filmindustri Norway; Videocine; Village Roadshow Limited; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter February 15, 2002

Released in United States on Video July 16, 2002

James Kearns reportedly received high six figures from New Line Cinema for this project.

Project was previously in development at Columbia Pictures, before James Kearns reportedly reacquired it for mid six figures.

Screenwriting debut for James Kearns.

James Kearns reportedly received high six figures from New Line Cinema for this project.

Completed shooting November 3, 2000.

Began shooting August 7, 2000.

Released in United States Winter February 15, 2002

Released in United States on Video July 16, 2002