Pick A Winner
The Cliché: Some heist movies allow whole gangs to be successful - they're the heists that go right.
But when heists go wrong, there can only be one true victor. Whether it's Keyser Soze slinking off into the daylight, or Al Pacino finally getting to hold hands with Robert De Niro, someone always ends the movie smiling.
If you want to make a heist movie, you need to choose who's going to be the ultimate victor. Because it's your movie, why not make it you?
Appears In: Heat (1995)
How To Recreate It: Remember the handsome chap you seduced skydiving? Take him to an abandoned traintrack, under the pretence of 'sharing some money.'
When you get there, break up with him, telling him you're going on a surfing holiday.
When he breaks down in tears and slumps to the ground, gently take his hand in yours, and ask him if he can lend you a tenner. He will, to try and win you back. Pop in it your back pocket. You held a successful heist!
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