A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.


Steven Soderbergh


Jake Bernstein (book), Scott Z. Burns (screenplay)
2,389 ( 46)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Jürgen Mossack
Antonio Banderas ... Ramón Fonseca
AJ Meijer ... Hominid #1
Arsenio Castellanos ... Hominid #2
Lucy Morningstar ... Hominid #3
Meryl Streep ... Ellen Martin
James Cromwell ... Joe Martin
Jeff Michalski ... Norm Sidley
Jane Morris ... Barb Sidley
Robert Patrick ... Captain Paris
Chris McLaughlin ... First Mate
Jay Paulson ... Pastor Conners
Melissa Rauch ... Melanie
Juliet Donenfeld ... Thalia
Brock Brenner ... Kaylen


When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world's wealthiest citizens amass larger fortunes. Founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen's predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world's corrupt financial system. Zipping through a kaleidoscope of detours in China, Mexico, Africa (via Los Angeles) and the Caribbean en route to 2016's Panama Papers publication - where journalists leaked the secret, encrypted documents of Mossack Fonseca's high-profile patrons - THE LAUNDROMAT's ensemble ... Written by Netflix

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Based on actual secrets


Comedy | Crime | Drama | History

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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[first lines]
Ramón Fonseca: First of all, there are some things you should know before we begin. For instance, we are real people, just like you. Secondly, we did not write a word of this. To be perfectly frank, we would have preferred all of this remain a secret. But we had no choice in the matter. We just woke up one day and everything changed. There were stories about us everywhere: TV, newspapers, and the internet.
Ramón Fonseca: And now it is our turn to tell a few stories. Think of them as fairy tales that actually ...
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Charles and Astrid
Written by David Holmes and Petra Haden
Vocal Arrangement and Lead Vocals: Petra Haden
Male Vocals: Rene Ruiz
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Very good acting and very well done.
18 October 2019 | by Alexander_BlanchettSee all my reviews

A nice little movie in the tradition of Adam McKay's Vice and The Big Short. This mixed with the unique style of Steven Soderbergh results in a quirky and entertaining movie about a rather boring topic. Its informative, funny, a bit sad at times and always extremely well acted. The most outstanding performance came from Meryl Streep who really surprises ( I am not saying too much here) and really links her unique humour with many deep moments. A really great performance, but who would have expected differently? Gary Oldman was also great. One of his funniest performances ever, never thought he had it in, Obviously Oldman had a lot of fun playing this role and it showed. Same goes to Antonio Banderas who also shines as Oldman's partner. Them breaking the fourth wall was sometimes a bit irritating but you got used to it very quickly. Another noteworthy performance was by Nonso Anzonie who was fantastic. Wished there had been more of Sharon Stone , I really enjoyed her cameo and character. Also Jeffrey Wright, almost unrecognizable, had some really memorable moments. The screenplay was really very well written and I really liked Steven Soderbergh's direction on this. He really managed to make such a dry topic entertaining. The only thing I really did not like too much was the very ending of it. Other than that it is a very good film and one of this years Netflix best.

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Release Date:

27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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