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Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig, along with Owen Wilson and Jason Sudekis, star in the action comedy crime caper, Masterminds.

It is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery in Charlotte, North Carolina that netted $17.3 million.

The ensuing investigation by law enforcement resulted in the arrest and conviction of eight people. The robbery was, for a time, the second largest robbery in United States history.

It was considered a “hillbilly” crime because all of the suspects were from rural communities near Charlotte.

Zach Galifianakis played David Ghantt, who was considered by investigators to be the prime suspect in the robbery. Ghantt was an armored car driver and vault supervisor who became personally involved with fellow driver Kelly Campbell, played by Kristen Wiig.

Criminals with nice hair.
Criminals with nice hair.

Owen Wilson and Jason Sudekis played, respectively, Steve Chambers and Mike McKinney. Chambers was a personal friend recruited to organize the heist by Campbell and McKinney was an alleged hit man hired by Chambers to eliminate Ghantt.

Zach Galifianakis, as Ghantt, furthers his film career specialty in playing the terminal doofus. Kristen Wiig, as Campbell, is along the lines of her co-star though bright enough to be calculating.

Against the considerable odds against him, Ghantt pulls off the heist and must evade not only authorities but his team of co-conspirators who soon after the crime double-cross him.

Jim Carrey was originally on board to play Ghantt but dropped out and Zach Galifianakis stepped in.

The film was directed by Jared Hess, who wrote and directed Nacho Libre and Napolean Dynamite.

The screenplay was written by Chris Bowman, Jody Hill, Danny McBride, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey.

Masterminds is scheduled for theatrical release on August 19, 2015.

It has to go somewhere.
It has to go somewhere.

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