The Offer Episode 9 is the ninth 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 “It’s Who We Are”, The Offer Episode 9 covers the essential shoot in Sicily and the post-production where once more, Al Ruddy is faced with a complicated obstacle. This time, Bob Evans, his boss at Paramount Pictures is AWOL due to the breakup of his marriage to actress Ali McGraw, and in his stead, Barry Lapidus threatens to compromise the artistic integrity of the Godfather movie.
Thus, in The Offer Episode 9, we are again given a treatise in praise of film and film producers, as Ruddy (and company) try their best to get Evans back into the fold and hold off Lapidus’ anti-creative agenda. Lapidus is the stereotypical studio executive — the ‘suit’ — and his tone deaf decisions seriously endanger Francis Ford Coppola’s singular vision for the movie.
But in the end of course, it all works out yet again. Evans gives an impassioned speech about why films need to lead the audience’s interest and no the other way around. It’s a very high ideals philosophy that sums up that era of filmmaking, a far cry from the way the movie business has degenerated in recent times. There was no talk of franchises, reboots and sequels back then!
The Offer Episode 9 also shows us the reaction of the real-life mobsters to the finished movie and the standing ovation at the end is self-explanatory. All that remains is for Ruddy, Coppola and Evans and everybody else who believed in the Godfather movie to be vindicated in the series finale. Highly recommended!
Now streaming on Paramount+.
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