The Offer is an American miniseries created by Michael Tolkin. The show is about the Development and Production of Francis Ford Coppola’s gangster film The Godfather, released in 1972 for Paramount Pictures. The series is a blend of biography and drama genres. The Godfather is a highly recommended and appreciated film by critics and the audience.
The story will be told from producer Albert S. Ruddy’s point of view, and the production was confirmed to debut on Paramount+ in September 2020. The Offer centers around one of the greatest movies ever made, and it has a stellar cast that can make just about anything into gold. The show consists of 10 episodes.
The Offer Cast
The cast of The Offer show did a fine job portraying the real-life roles.
- Miles Teller as Albert S. Ruddy
- Matthew Goode as Robert Evans
- Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola
- Burn Gorman as Charles Bluhdorn
- Colin Hanks as Barry Lapidus
- Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo
- Juno Temple as Bettye McCartt
- Nora Arnezeder as Francoise Glazer
- Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo
- Frank John Hughes as Frank Sinatra
- Michael Rispoli as Tommy Lucchese
- Jake Cannavale as Caesar
- T. J. Thyne as Gordon Willis
- Lola Glaudini as Candida Donadio
- Kyle S. More as Bernard Fein
- Billy Magnussen as Robert Redford
- Kirk Acevedo as Special Agent Hale
- Michael Landes as Vic Damone
- Ross McCall as Moran
The Offer Plot
The Offer describes the challenges faced because of the atmosphere in Hollywood at the time as well as how The Godfather came to be on screen. The film’s producers were embroiled in controversies, and the mob figures it was about weren’t happy either. The main plot of The Offer showcases the development and production of one of the highest-rated films, ‘The Godfather.’
The Offer Storyline
In 1969, at Chateau Marmont, Rand Corporation employee Albert S. Ruddy met and formed a relationship with owner Françoise Glazer and actor Sergeant Bilko Bernard Fein. Together, the pair successfully introduced the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes to CBS, although Ruddy left the show. Nevertheless, he persuaded Robert Evans, chief production officer at Paramount Pictures, to hire him as a film producer. In New York, The Godfather by Distressed Author Mario Puzo became a bestseller and was picked up in theaters by Paramount.
However, he was not well received by the Italian-American community, especially Frank Sinatra, because Johnny Fontane’s character was believed to be based on him. Due to the novel’s success, rival studios such as Warner Bros called Paramount to try to convince them to sell the film rights, but Evans convinced Charles Bluhdorn to keep them. He gave production to Ruddy, who chose Puzo to adapt and Francis Ford Coppola to direct.
Colombo threatens Ruddy to stop the film, but Ruddy promises him that the film will be made respectfully and that he can read it. Colombo gives some conditions to make the film and later agrees not to stop the film. Evans humiliates Ruddy over Francoise and the length of the script and angrily dismisses Pacino’s participation in the movie before even viewing his screen test.
Ruddy wants only him as a producer, but tensions develop when he is coupled with Francoise in production. Finally, Coppola gets the approval of Bluhdorn by showing the footage. To prevent the production from spiraling out of control, Bluhdorn and Lapidus should consider reining Ruddy in light of the criticism from the Italian-American community and Sinatra and Biaggi. The production team has done a few successful castings.
They successfully sign Al Pacino to the film. Ruddy and Coppola meet with Bluhdorn to request a budget increase to $6 million because the budget is still over the $4 million price despite the actors using scale and incentives. The cast is invited to dinner to mark the film’s beginning and showcase their performance as the characters of The Godfather. Paramount Pictures are in plans to sell its production house for various reasons.
When Bluhdorn and Evans learn that Gulf & Western is collaborating with Colombo, Bluhdorn quickly offloads Paramount and fires Ruddy from the movie. Despite Ruddy’s disdain, McCartt travels to Colombo to inform him of the firing. He starts making trouble for the production right away to get Ruddy back. Evans interrupts the meeting as it is about to vote to sell Paramount at a discount to a Texan investor and makes a speech to persuade them otherwise.
After Bluhdorn decides against selling Paramount, it is determined that they won’t. Ruddy is rehired after Coppola alerts Bluhdorn to the mafia influence, enabling him to return and see the first day of filming end. Colombo orders to assault Gallo and Nicky Barnes in reaction to Gallo. Coppola has another problem with cinematographer Gordon Willis regarding the lighting. Bluhdorn gets convinced about their acting skills of Pacino after filming the murder scene at the restaurant. Ruddy befriends Colombo and witnesses Colombo getting shot by one of Gallo’s men. The filming is again put under threat.
Arriving in Italy, the group makes its way to the town of Corleone to begin filming. However, once Ruddy realized he would have to cooperate with the Italian mob, he rushed them out. Colombo’s staff is treated to the movie screening by Ruddy, who also pays a visit to Colombo while he is in the hospital. Finally, after several struggles, the film gets released in March 1972. The movie is a critical and financial hit and has received numerous Academy Award nominations.
The Offer Release Date And Trailer
The Offer premiered on April 28, 2022, on Paramount+ and concluded on June 16, 2022. The Offer trailer is available on YouTube on Paramount Plus Channel with over 4.8M views.
Where To Watch ‘The Offer’?
The Offer has a rating of 8.7 out of 10 on IMDB, which is considered a good rating. The Offer is available to binge on Paramount+.
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