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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
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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the opening scene, "beautiful woman" sticks her head out of her car window, and her hair does not move. See more »


Mike Archibald: Dad! Thank you.
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Good Movie...
18 June 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Despite what people have said, this movie is NOTHING like Dog Day Afternoon. The only similarities between the two is that both films have to do with holding a public place hostage (In Dog Day Afternoon it was a Bank in John Q, its a hospital). Sure, you see a sort of homage to Dog Day Afternoon in John Q, but thats it, the movie has its own plot. I enjoyed this film, Denzel Washington is really believeable as the down-on-his-luck father, and the rest of the supporting cast executed their characters very well. Most notably the great Robert Duvall as the hostage negotiator and Ray Liotta as the stuck-up police chief. I won't say more about this movie other than it is heart-breaking and you can almost feel the pain frustration John Q has to go through. 4 stars out of 5.

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