Monday, February 16, 2009

Red Roses For A Call Girl (1986)

1985 – Red Roses For A Call Girl (BAS Film Production Inc/Lisa Films)

[A Philippines-West German-Austrian co-production, also released as “The True Confession Of Diana” and in Germany as “Rote Rosen Für Ein Callgirl”, also released in various territories – unconfirmed – as “Rose Tatoo”, “Manila Tattoo” and “The Last Deal”]

Director/Producer/Story Bobby A. Suarez Screenplay Joseph Zucchero Producers Roma Samantha Suarez, “RJR Brothers” [Roberto Suarez Jr, John Suarez, Richard Suarez] Executive Producers Gene S. Suarez, Martin Moszcowicz [film flyer also lists Albert O. Robert] Cinematography Jun Pereira Associate Director Fernando Guerrero

Cast Maria Isabel Lopez (Diana), Robert Marius (Peter Timberg), Werner “Pochat”/Pochath (Ringo), Julia Kent (Barbara/Marian Peters), Manfred Seipold (Klaus Timberg), Amanda Amores, Pia Moran, Arnold Mendoza, Vangie Labalan, Nigel Hogge (Klaus), Don Gordon Bell (Ringo’s Henchman), Mike Cohen (Ship Captain), Joseph Zucchero (Man at Airport)

From my upcoming book on Bobby A. Suarez:

Red Roses For A Call Girl (aka Manila Tattoo/True Confession Of Diana, released 1987) was a Philippines-West German-Austrian joint venture with a company named Lisa-Film. Maria Isabel Lopez (Silip, Dune Warriors), the most notorious bold actress of the Eighties, is top-billed as a Manila call girl, along with Robert Marius, Geman actor Werner Pochath, and reliable stand-bys Don Gordon Bell and Nigel Hogge. Joe Zucchero wrote the script. The film was a minor hit in West Germany.

“It’s a lovely story,” is how Bobby described the film in his inimitable fashion. “It’s about a prostitute who is bought by the father of a dying boy. And they fall in love. Then the prostitute was kidnapped and the boy runs after the kidnappers and he’s shot. The German boy, Robert Marius - I just picked him up from the bar here. And you know, everybody in Germany was asking me where did I discover this Robert Marius? So I said, 'He’s a good actor.' How can I tell them I just picked him up in the bar?” Bobby laughed.

Once again, Nigel Hogge was on board as one of Bobby's stock White Goons. “We shot that largely in Makati,” Nigel strained to remember, “and I know I played some kind of thug. The stars were two German actors. There was a long period of inactivity afterwards, Bobby got a little bit ill too. Heart attack, or a weak heart, and he had to have an operation. And he kind of disappeared.”

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