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John Q (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  15 February 2002 (USA)
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John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriela Oltean ...
Ron Annabelle ...
Tow Truck Driver
Daniel E. Smith ...
Jimmy Palumbo
Barry G. King ...
Employee Manager
Gina Palumbo (as Laura Elena Harring)
Dr. Ellen Klein
Registered Nurse
Admitting Nurse
James Finnerty ...
Nurse Reggie


John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Give a father no options and you leave him no choice.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language and intense thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Q.  »

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Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,612,171 (USA) (15 February 2002)


$2,606,250 (Japan) (10 January 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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The message "For Sasha" appears just before the end credits. This refers to Sasha Cassavetes, daughter of director Nick Cassavetes. See more »


Michael talks to John Q while intubated. It is impossible for a person to talk in this state. See more »


Denise: They are releasing him, now you need to do something! DO YOU HEAR ME! DO SOMETHING!
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John Q. is solid.
10 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews


Starring: Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise, Robert Duvall, and ray Liotta.

John Q. is basically what the tagline says it is. You leave a father no options, you leave him no choice. That's pretty much true. Washington plays John Q. Archibald, a loving husband and caring father who must come up with 250,000 dollars to pay for his son' heart transplant or watch him die. You got to see how the hospital is unfair to John. He even states that it gives 75,000,000 dollars worth of heart transplants for free to a certain amount of people and they wouldn't give it to him from good will. John an his family are very poor and you see how hard it is for him to do this. He takes the hospital hostage to get his son a heart transplant. The movie is very solid and intelligent. There couldn't have been a better actor for John than Denzel. He is one of the greatest actors of our time and he helps prove it here. Don't listen to what Ebert says and go rent this movie.

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