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Downloading Nancy (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 1 May 2009 (Sweden)
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An unhappy wife orders a guy she meets over the Internet to kill her, but the two of them fall in love.


Johan Renck


Pamela Cuming, Lee Ross (as Lee H. Ross)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Maria Bello ... Nancy Stockwell
Rufus Sewell ... Albert Stockwell
Jason Patric ... Louis Farley
Amy Brenneman ... Carol
Michael Nyqvist ... Stan
David Lawrence Brown ... Billy Ringel (as Dave Brown)
Josh Strait Josh Strait ... Medic
Kimberly Elek Kimberly Elek ... Little Girl
Matthew Harrison ... Golf Video Announcer
Sunny Doench ... Newsreporter
Justin Scot ... Golf Meditation Voice (voice)


Sick of her life, housewife Nancy just wants it to be over and done with, but rather than kill herself, she hires a stranger from the Internet to do the job for her. But fate takes a strange turn when she meets her killer and the two fall in love. Of course, Nancy realizes that love and murder do not naturally go hand in hand. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

1 May 2009 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Libertação de Nancy See more »

Filming Locations:

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,324, 7 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,153, 30 August 2009
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Radha Mitchell and Stellan Skarsgård were originally attached to this project. See more »


[first lines]
Nancy: It's like walking on fake ground upside down, choking.
Carol: Oh, is that what you think love feels like?
Nancy: No. Death is like sucking pure oxygen.
Carol: And life?
Nancy: It's like being trapped inside the wrong house looking for a way out.
Carol: Well, how do you know you'll be able to breathe once you die?
Nancy: Because I'll be outside my body. I'll be floating and free.
Carol: How do you know? How do you know it won't be worse?
Nancy: I know it will be better than this.
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Referenced in W.E. (2011) See more »

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A sad portrait of a woman tormented by life.
14 September 2011 | by JimmyCollinsSee all my reviews

The title DownloadingNancy does nothing for this film, I wish the writer could have come up with something more polished because the title doesn't do the film any justice. That is literally the only thing wrong with this disturbing but excellent film.

Maria Bello is on top of her game as Nancy, a woman who is tormented by life, a woman who has given up hope of ever finding happiness, Bello has never been better than she is here, it's such a shame that this film went unnoticed because I'm sure she would've been a frontrunner for all of the big awards. She totally embodies this character, in saying that, Maria Bello is a tremendously watchable actress and no matter what kind of role she's in she always shines.

This film has a fascinating subject matter, the thought of someone being so unhappy in life that they would go to the extreme of paying someone to torture and kill them is truly sad. This film is loosely based in fact so it's not Luke we can just say " it's only a movie", also this is not just a one off thing, another film tackles the same subject, Grimm Love, starring Keri Russell also has the same story line, that movie is much more horrific and graphic but it deals with the same issue of people being unhappy in life.

This movie isn't something to cheer you up, it's most certainly not going to do that, but if you like movies that will divide a room and start a conversation then this is one for you.

I wish this movie had found a bigger audience because it's so deserving of a wide audience, I really hope Maria Bello gets more roles like this in the future. She's just excellent.

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