5-Minute Movie: PRECIOUS FIND (1996) / by Samuel B. Prime

Video Laboratory is back! This time around we pay sincerely loving homage to Philippe Mora's outer space remake of THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) with a five-minute supercut / summary / re-edit hybrid. PRECIOUS FIND stars Rutger Hauer, Brion James, Joan Chen, and a young guy with a pretty face. This film is the fourth, final, and least well known film that Hauer and James appeared in together. Most folks probably only know that they were in BLADE RUNNER (1982), but they also appeared in another Mora movie, A BREED APART (1984), as well as Paul Verhoeven's FLESH+BLOOD (1985). Oh! And this is a film about space mining!

So, given the 5-minute video's hybrid nature you will find that there is a certain word and/or phrase repeated throughout, all major beats are intact, and - um - I changed the ending of the film because it was bothering me.

All that said, I do recommend watching the full ninety-minute feature. It is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

- Samuel B. Prime

Founder, LA Ciné Salon