John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.

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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

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

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

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15 February 2002 (USA)  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$2,606,250 (Japan) (10 January 2003)
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The movie was shot in a group of provincial government buildings in Toronto. Adjacent to filming is a hospital. On at least one occasion, filming blocked off the access to the real emergency room of the real hospital. See more »

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When Dr. Turner passes through the doors into the glass corridor where John takes him hostage, you can see the feet of crew members behind the door below the white backdrop. See more »

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John Q. Archibald: The hospital is under new management now! Free health care for everyone!
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References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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Ave Maria
Written and arranged by Aaron Zigman
Performed by Ana Maria Martinez
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A Very Human and Affecting Drama...
21 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Denzel Washington continues to prove why he is one of the best actors in the business with his performance in JOHN Q, a moving, emotional, and tension-charged drama about a family man whose son needs a heart transplant; however, due to financial problems, his insurance won't cover the cost of getting his son on the donor list so John Q decides to take hostages in the hospital until someone arranges for his son to be on the donor list. Despite a preachy and simplistic screenplay, the intense direction and first-rate performances make this film work. I particularly loved Denzel's work here because this was a character unlike he had ever played before...Denzel usually played well-educated, intelligent lawyers and/or businessmen (with the obvious exception of TRAINING DAY), but here Denzel is playing an average Joe...a working stiff, struggling to pay bills and keep food on the table and a roof over his family's head who is driven to extreme measures to protect the family he cherishes so dearly. Washington gets strong support from Robert Duvall, solid as always as the hostage negotiator, James Woods as a wimpy surgeon, Anne Heche as an unsympathetic hospital administrator, and especially Kimberly Elise as John's wife. An emotional drama, wrought with tension, that will rivet you to the screen.


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