By Kathy Passero
Paramount+ just made you an Offer you can’t refuse …
Fans of The Godfather know all the classic lines and characters, but the behind-the-scenes story about making the movie is as electrifying as the Corleone saga itself—and just as full of colorful characters and danger. It’s the subject of the riveting new Paramount+ series The Offer, streaming starting April 28.
Based on the recollections of Academy Award–winning producer Albert S. Ruddy, the 10-episode series marks the 50th anniversary of the first Godfather movie, the star-making classic that broke box office records, helped save the studio, and became a film legend.
All three original Godfather films will also be available on Paramount+ starting on April 28. Are you due for a Corleone-family refresher? To help put your memory through its paces, here’s a quiz to test your knowledge of the original film.
Stream The Offer exclusively on Paramount+ starting April 28. The first three episodes will be available on April 28, with new episodes to follow every Thursday.
1) When we meet Michael Corleone at the beginning of the film at his sister Connie’s wedding, he has just returned from serving in what branch of the military? Bonus: What war did he serve in?
D) Air Force
You'll find the answer below the next question.
2) Why are so many wedding guests lining up to see Don Vito Corleone privately in his office during Connie’s wedding?
Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) on his daughter's wedding dayGiphy
A) To pay their respects
B) This is the only chance they have for a face-to-face meeting with him
C) Sicilian tradition dictates that he can’t refuse any favor on his daughter’s wedding dayD) All of the above
Answer to question 1: C) Marines. Michael is a decorated veteran. The ribbons on the uniform he wears at the wedding indicate that he served in both the European and Pacific theaters in World War II and won the Silver Star as well as the Purple Heart.
3) Why doesn’t Don Corleone want to go into business with The Turk? Bonus: What is The Turk’s real name?
Al Lettieri as The TurkGiphy
A) There was bad blood between them from their early days in Sicily
B) The Turk’s business is narcotics and Don Corleone doesn’t want to get involved
C) Don Corleone doesn’t want to cross the other families and start a war
D) The Turk shows a lack of respect
Answer to question 2: D) All of the above, but mostly C) Sicilian tradition dictates that he can’t refuse any favor on his daughter’s wedding day. Luca Brasi is the only visitor who doesn’t ask for a favor.
4) What is the name of Don Corleone’s driver who calls in sick, setting him up for a hit? Bonus: Who was his fill-in driver and what was the Don buying when he got shot?
Fredo weeps in the street.Giphy
A) Bruno Tattaglia
B) Luca Brasi
C) Carlo Rizzi
D) Paulie Gatto
Answer to question 3: B) The Turk’s business is narcotics and Don Corleone doesn’t want to get involved. The Turk’s real name is Virgil Sollozzo.
5) Who comes to the hospital to visit Don Corleone and gets enlisted by Michael to stand on the steps and pose as an armed protector. Bonus: What is the character’s actual profession?
Michael visits his injured father in the hospital.Giphy
C) NeriD) Stracci
Answer to question 4: D) Paulie Gatto. Gatto called in sick, so Fredo was driving his father. Vito Corleone was buying a bag of oranges from a street vendor when he got shot. Clemenza gets revenge on Paulie for the betrayal later in the movie, after uttering the famous phrase, “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” By the way, actor Richard Castellano ad-libbed the cannoli part. It was never in the script!
6) When Vito Corleone says “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” who is he referring to? Bonus: What does the offer relate to?
Always cool and collected, Corleone family lawyer Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) gets up from the dinner table after a meeting.Giphy
A) Jack Woltz
C) The Turk
D) Sergeant McClusky
Answer to question 5: A) Enzo. The baker was coming to pay his respects to Don Corleone for having straightened out his visa and preventing him from getting deported.
7) Where does the fateful meeting between Michael, McClusky, and The Turk take place? What dish does The Turk recommend?
Michael faces down The Turk and McClusky over dinner.Giphy
A) Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant
B) Louis’ Restaurant
C) Nardone’s RestaurantD) Luca’s Restaurant
Answer to question 6: A) Jack Woltz. Singer Johnny Fontane desperately wants a part in Woltz’s new movie and asks Don Corleone for help getting it. The producer has a grudge against Fontane and doesn’t want to cast him.
8) What are the names of Michael’s bodyguards in Sicily?
Michael in Sicily with one of his bodyguards, after being struck by "the thunderbolt" of seeing his future wife ApolloniaGiphy
A) Ciccio and Andolini
B) Fabrizio and Calo
C) Enzo and Angelo
D) Francesco and Mario
Answer to question 7: B) Louis’ Restaurant. When the trio arrives at this family-owned eatery in the Bronx, The Turk tells McClusky to “Try the veal. It’s the best in the city.”
9) What is the legitimate “front” business of the Corleone family?
Don Corleone talks with MichaelGiphy
B) Wine Making
C) Olive Oil
D) Waste Disposal
Answer to question 8: B) Fabrizio and Calo. Both were hired by local Don Tommasino to protect Michael. Fabrizio betrays him with an assassination attempt that kills Michael’s wife, Apollonia.
10) Name the five enemies Michael has killed when he settles all family business on the day Connie’s baby is christened?
MIchael utters one of his most famous phrases.Giphy
Time to put away childish things. No multiple choice here. Scroll down to see if you remember which scores were settled.
Answer to question 9: C) Olive Oil. Genco Pura Olive Oil Company is the legitimate front for the Corleone family’s shadier business dealings. Near the end of the first film, Michael tells Moe Greene that the family is thinking of giving up its interests in the olive oil business and moving to Las Vegas.
Watch The Offer and All Three Godfather Films on Paramount+ This Month
Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo, Miles Teller as Albert S. Ruddy, Juno Temple as Bettye McCartt, Matthew Goode as Robert Evans, Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola, and Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo in the official key art of the Paramount+ original series The Offer
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Answer to question 10: Barzini, Tattaglia, Cuneo, Stracci, and Moe Greene. Clemenza kills Carlo Rizzi shortly after the christening.
If you remembered the whole hit list—and got the rest of the answers right—all we can say is: Congratulations, capo dei capi! You're a real boss when it comes to The Godfather. We know you won't want to miss a minute of The Offer. Keep your eyes and ears open for the many Godfather Easter Eggs hidden throughout the new series.
You can stream The Offer as well as all three Godfather films—parts 1, 2, and 3—on Paramount+ starting April 28. The first three episodes will be available on April 28, with new episodes to follow every Thursday.