Heist film

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A heist film is a film that has an intricate plot woven around a group of people trying to steal something. Versions with dominant or prominent comic elements are often called caper movies. They could be described as the analogues of caper stories in film history. Typically, there are many plot twists, and film focuses on the characters' attempts to formulate a plan, carry it out, and escape with the goods. There is often a nemesis who must be thwarted: either a figure of authority or a former partner who turned on the group or one of its members.

Etymology

The verb to caper means to leap in a frolicsome way, from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and probably derives from capriole, which derives from the Latin for goat (note: Capra ). The noun caper, means a frolicsome leap, a capricious escapade or an illegal or questionable act.The noun heist, originally a verb, was American slang that probably derives from hoist, meaning lift, in the sense of shoplifting.

The archetypical plot

Usually a heist film will contain a three-act plot. The first act usually consists of the preparations for the heist: gathering conspirators, learning about the layout of the location to be robbed, learning about the alarm system, revealing innovative technologies to be used, and, most...
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