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In this movie, Maggie Lawson plays Nancy Drew. A young woman who has just entered college. While rushing with her friends Bess and George, the star football player, Jesse, goes into a coma.... See full summary »


James Frawley


Mildred Wirt Benson (books) (as Carolyn Keene), Ami Canaan Mann
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Lawson ... Nancy Drew
Jill Ritchie ... Bess
Lauren Birkell ... George
Marieh Delfino ... Teeny
Charlie Finn ... Hank
Heath Freeman ... Det. Patrick Daly
Brian White ... Franklin 'Sweet Money' Roosevelt Sanderson
James Avery ... Prof. Shifflin
Brett Cullen ... Carson Drew
Kevin Tighe ... Coach Jeffries
Sabine Singh ... Allison Price
Dale Midkiff ... Jimbo Mitchell
Jenny O'Hara ... Hannah Green
Nick Stabile ... Ned Nickerson
Hoku ... Bitsy


In this movie, Maggie Lawson plays Nancy Drew. A young woman who has just entered college. While rushing with her friends Bess and George, the star football player, Jesse, goes into a coma. Nancy can sense there is something more to the story, so she starts investigating. In only a short period of time she gets arrested, asked out by a cop, almost expelled and gets one of her friends expelled. But that doesn't stop her from finding out what happened to Jesse. Written by Kate Price!!!

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Release Date:

15 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bancando a Detetive See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Following ABC passing on the pilot, UPN was asked to pick up the series. However, they declined after Lawson earned a role on It's All Relative (2003) See more »


Bess: The VIP Section!
Teeny: Very Intoxicated Persons.
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Version of Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939) See more »


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And the plot was...?
11 March 2007 | by ZachStoleMyCowsNameSee all my reviews

I am a die-hard Nancy Drew fan. I haven't yet spoken with someone who has sat through this entire movie and said "I really liked it. I really, really liked it." Maggie Lawson is a good actress, I'll give her that - in fact, a lot of the people on the movie are decent - if not great - actors. But no amount of talent could fix the scripting issues here.

Seriously, I have never watched a movie like this - it's completely unique! It's hides its plot so well taht it took me 5 times watching it (a JOYFUL amount of time which I shall never get back) to actually understand what happened, who do it, and what they did. I'm not joking. It takes a really long time to comprehend what's going on.

And now for the characters - look, I don't mind it if you want to make Nancy Drew you're own, but this was ridiculous. Nancy's father seemed to be the biggest problem for me. His character was no where near the supportive, caring single-father of the books. He was really mean, and insensitive to Nancy.

Now, if you're a "die-hard" fan like me, you'll also notice how inaccurate the film is. (Non-diehards might want to ignore this paragraph.) Mostly it's little things. The name of the University is wrong. Nancy's dog was not named Butch, and was not a large breed. Things like that which Disney really could've stood to fix. But there's also problems with things like characters.

Although, in the movie's favor, they did pick a really good-looking Ned (even if he has a total of 10 seconds screen time - accurate, if you've read the "On Campus" series).

However, if you really love Nancy Drew, there's no stopping you from watching this I've learned. I say, go ahead, it's worth seeing once (heck, it's not like any of the other Nancy Drew films have been any better), if only to laugh at.

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