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John Q (2002)

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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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,612,171, 17 February 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,756,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,244,770
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This movie features the last footage of film Director Ted Demme. See more »

Goofs

When the cardiac surgeon agrees to do the surgery he says "what are they going to do... disbar me...?" But doctors are not members of the Bar, this is a legal profession term not a medical profession term. See more »

Quotes

Denise: [angrily over the phone with John] They are releasing him, now you need to do something! DO YOU HEAR ME! DO SOMETHING!
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Connections

References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Justice of the Heart
Written by Stevie Wonder and Brenda Russell
Performed by Stevie Wonder
Produced by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder appears courtesy of Motown Records
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John Q. is solid.
10 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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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