The philosopher's stone is supposed to turn iron into gold. The movie is a mature children's story, a comedy, a farcical fantasy with moral overtones. It's certainly atypical, and the master's hand is barely recognizable although it dates within the trilogy period. The discovery of the stone turn's the world of a bank clerk on the verge of being fired upside down. But he is smart enough to realize the perils latent in the blessing. A miss-able film, unless it is for Ray's sake.