Brotherhood of the Rose
The Brotherhood of the Rose (DVD cover).jpg
"Brotherhood of the Rose" DVD Cover
Written byDavid Morrell
Screenplay byDavid Morrell
Gy Waldron
Directed byMarvin J. Chomsky
StarringPeter Strauss
David Morse
Robert Mitchum
Connie Sellecca
James Sikking
Theme music composerLaurence Rosenthal
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes2
ProducersMarvin J. Chomsky
Stirling Silliphant
CinematographyJames Bartle
Running time240 minutes
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJanuary 22 (1989-01-22) –
January 23, 1989 (1989-01-23)

Brotherhood of the Rose is 1989 American two-part television miniseries directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, based on the novel The Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell. The novel was adapted by Gy Waldron.[1]


Brotherhood of the Rose tells the story of Saul and Chris, two orphans from Philadelphia. They are adopted by a man named Eliot, who treats the boys like his own children and raises them to become assassins. When a mission goes wrong for Saul, and Chris is involved in an international incident, they begin to question their lives and their missions, and start to see Eliot in a new light.




The majority of filming for the movie took place in New Zealand, with that country portraying numerous other world-wide locations.


The film premiered on January 22, 1989 on NBC, following Super Bowl XXIII.


Its initial broadcast resulted in the two-part movie finishing as the highest-rated TV movie of the 1988-89 TV season. The first part was watched by 32 million viewers,[2] and the second by 27.4 million.[3]


  1. ^ "The Brotherhood Of The Rose by David Morrell". Goodreads.
  2. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. January 25, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306147740.
  3. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. February 1, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306144802.
Preceded by
The Wonder Years
Brotherhood of the Rose
Super Bowl lead-out program
Succeeded by
Grand Slam