Was John Q Archibald based on a real person?
Yes this movie was based on a true story.
John Q is a fictional character. The film is not based on a real life event, well, not one that we know of! But im sure similar things have happened to people. John Q. Archibald was simply a fictional character (played by Denzel Washington) in the movie "John Q." Read more about this movie on Answers.com, via the Related Link.