The Offer Episode 8 is the eighth part of a biographical drama miniseries about the development and production of Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark New York City gangster film The Godfather (1972) for Paramount Pictures. The miniseries is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the classic film and is based on the experiences of producer Al Ruddy, played by Miles Teller.
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Entitled “Crossing That Line”, The Offer Episode 8 features a story outline familiar to any one who has been faithfully watching the miniseries from the very beginning. Which is basically, Ruddy has a problem, tries to solve the problem, faces more challenges and finally resolves everything neatly by the end of the episode. Well, essentially, episode 8 is no different.
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What’s the problem now? With mafia boss Joe Columbo nearly killed last time round, is Ruddy and the Godfather movie out of the mafia’s clutches once and for all. Not by a mile! In fact, it’s a real case of out of the frying pan and into the fire as now Joe Gallo – infinitely worse than Columbo – insists on his payoff for replacing Columbo – even though Ruddy had never paid off Columbo at all.
With the production budget being squeezed left, right and centre, Ruddy is in a difficult position with the only available money being saved for shooting production in Sicily, a pivotal location. Bettye urges Ruddy to pay off Gallo, to protect the production while director Coppola is naturally upset.
But if nothing else, The Offer Episode 8 demonstrates that the angels are on the side of the Godfather movie as like a deus ex machina itself, Columbo’s men take their revenge on Gallo and the mafia gangster is no longer an issue for Ruddy anymore. In a somewhat bizarre scene, Ruddy and his crew celebrate the news despite the fact that a brutal murder was required to achieve that end. Talk about art imitating life, eh?
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