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The Laundromat

also known as “Panama Papers,” “A Lavanderia,” “Die Geldwäscherei,” “La lavandería,” “Pralnia,” “Secrecy World,” “The Laundromat: Dinero sucio,” “The Laundromat: L'affaire des Panama Papers,” “Vešomat,” “Το Ξέπλυμα”
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for language, some sexual content and disturbing images.
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Primary Audience:
Crime Biography Comedy Drama
1 hr. 35 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 18, 2019 (Netflix)
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Off-shore tax scheme to hide the money of some of the world’s richest and most powerful political leaders


Financial cheating

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Featuring Meryl StreepEllen Martin
Gary OldmanJürgen Mossack
Antonio BanderasRamón Fonseca
Sharon StoneHannah
Melissa RauchMelanie
David SchwimmerMatthew Quirk
Shoshana BushRebecca Rubinstein
James CromwellJoe Martin
Will ForteDoomed Gringo #1
Chris ParnellDoomed Gringo #2
Jeffrey WrightMalchus Irvin Boncamper
Robert PatrickCaptain Perry
Matthias SchoenaertsMaywood
Rosalind ChaoGu Kailai
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Director Steven Soderbergh
Producer Anonymous Content
Grey Matter Productions
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Distributor Netflix
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A widow (Meryl Streep) investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world’s financial system. A group of journalists unearth 11.5 million files, linking the world’s most powerful political figures to secret banking accounts to avoid taxes.

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.

Based on Jake Bernstein’ book Secrecy World

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