I can't think of a plot that has been done multiple times in movies over the years yet still remains exciting with each take like the heist film. Banks are one thing but Casinos, well they introduce a whole new set of obstacles. Casinos present so many interesting elements that can you blame a criminal for wanting to take on the challenge? There is so much money flowing through them at all times - much more than banks - that the takes are higher but so are the risks. They operate 24/7 and are usually packed, and given that they have such a high cash flow in and out and already attract a somewhat shady customer (a.k.a. gamblers), the layers of security are ironclad. In addition to the army of officers walking the floor there are employees with binoculars in the rafters looking through two-way mirrors for thieves and cheats (in the modern age of course, this is replaced with high tech cameras). The heist picture allows for that great mandatory scene where the criminals outline all the elaborate steps they have devised to beat the system and 'get away with it.' The very idea that a gambler already is up against stacked odds that favor the house is amplified with the criminals taking on the house in a much bigger fashion. It is the ultimate gamble.
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|Kim Novak as Kay|
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|Kim Novak as Kay in Reno|