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Brotherhood of the Rose 

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Two orphans, Romulus and Remus, are raised by CIA handler John Eliot to be the best in the cloak and dagger game. Decades later, he turns on them and orders their elimination. They decide to fight back and track him down to learn why.







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Series cast summary:
Peter Strauss ...  Romulus 2 episodes, 1989
Robert Mitchum ...  John Eliot 2 episodes, 1989
Connie Sellecca ...  Erika Bernstein 2 episodes, 1989
David Morse ...  Remus 2 episodes, 1989
James Sikking ...  Felix 2 episodes, 1989
M. Emmet Walsh ...  Hardy 2 episodes, 1989
James Hong ...  Col. Chan 2 episodes, 1989
Rhys McConnochie ...  Orlik 2 episodes, 1989
Nick Enright Nick Enright 2 episodes, 1989
Martyn Sanderson Martyn Sanderson 2 episodes, 1989
Frank Whitten 2 episodes, 1989
Robert Taylor ...  Pollux 2 episodes, 1989
Brett Williams Brett Williams 2 episodes, 1989
Michael M. Vendrell Michael M. Vendrell 2 episodes, 1989
Ken Blackburn Ken Blackburn ...  Forbes 2 episodes, 1989
William Johnson William Johnson 2 episodes, 1989
Chic Littlewood Chic Littlewood 2 episodes, 1989
Bob Gould Bob Gould 2 episodes, 1989
Peter Morgan Peter Morgan 2 episodes, 1989
Alan Farquhar Alan Farquhar 2 episodes, 1989
Ernie Stanley Ernie Stanley 2 episodes, 1989
Norman Forsey Norman Forsey 2 episodes, 1989
Ian Harrop ...  Malenov 2 episodes, 1989
Stig Eldred 2 episodes, 1989
Sasi Smillie Sasi Smillie 2 episodes, 1989
David Cole David Cole 2 episodes, 1989
Phillip Gordon Phillip Gordon 2 episodes, 1989


Romulus and Remus are two CIA agents, their direct instructor is John Elliott. They both were picked up at an orphanage by Elliott at the age of about eight, raised together as brothers and specially trained to supersede every other agent in the service. This is what they know. What they do not know is that they are part of a system Elliott had invented to build up his own private army of pros which can be assigned to any job he wishes. One day Romulus takes over a job in the course of which he and his team blow up a house and about half a dozen civilians with it. After that Romulus feels he is being chased by both men of the CIA and the Mossad. He has to find out that Elliott betrayed both him and Remus from the start. Elliott used them and others, which were recruited and raised the same way Romulus and Remus were, to support a secret agreement that was constituted between top secret service leaders of England, France, Russia, Germany and the USA after the second world war. To its ... Written by Alto Speckhardt <Alto.Speckhardt@student.uni-ulm.de>

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22 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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The Abelard Sanctuary
4 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For those of you who are conspiracy theorists you will look far and not succeed to find a film that will buttress your belief that the whole world and its populace is manipulated by a very few people. In a short prelude to the main film, the top intelligence agents from the world's great powers before World War II gather and make a pact to create a sanctuary for the intelligence community. A network of safe houses some of them quite swanky resorts named Abelard. The objective is that they are opened to any one working in that field and that no one will be a target within those limits. With that degree of safety the ones with the information and the knowledge can manage those temporary governments that democracies elect.

Robert Mitchum plays the current American master of Abelard, he's also the Deputy Director of our CIA who's been around for decades. He has the power of a J. Edgar Hoover without Hoover's penchant for public relations. Mitchum prefers no publicity for himself or his activities, he operates in the shadows.

One of the things he's done is hang around the orphanages looking for bright and misfit youths with no families. He finds two such in kids who grow up to be Peter Strauss and David Morse. He home schools them and takes them into the agency where they become the best trained killers they can be. They think of him as a father figure. Of course he's trained other pairs which they find out about, but that's one of many secrets he keeps from them and the world.

For reasons of politics and 'national security' his 'sons' have to be sacrificed. But Mitchum has trained Strauss and Morse too well. So for the length of this TV miniseries it's their training against all the resources at Mitchum's command.

It's a strange world that Mitchum has created for his boys. No feminine influences of any kind. Women have their place, but simply as sexual release because men are cursed with those kind of needs. A person like Mossad agent Connie Sellecca doesn't factor in. A mistake that helps bring him down in the end beside his own hubris.

Brotherhood Of The Rose is an intriguing espionage tale with Robert Mitchum in a dominating performance. Strauss, Sellecca, and Morse have their moments, but this is a Robert Mitchum show.

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