Film: 2009: January: "Not Easily Broken"

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STUDIO: TriStar Pictures
GENRE: Drama
RELEASE DATE: In Theaters January 9, 2009

RATING DETAILS: This film has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for sexual references and thematic elements.

NOT EASILY BROKEN is an uplifting drama about love and family adapted from the book of the same name by renowned pastor and author Bishop T. D. Jakes

Directed by Bill Duke
Screenplay by Brian Bird
Based on the Book by T. D. Jakes
Produced by T.D. Jakes, Curtis Wallace, Bill Duke
Executive Producers: Morris Chestnut, Steven Brown

Cast: Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan, Kevin Hart, Wood Harris and Jenifer Lewis. Credits not final

Film Synopsis

"Not Easily Broken"Photo left: Morris Chestnut as "Dave Johnson", Taraji P. Henson as "Clarice Clark" and Jenifer Lewis as "Mary 'Mama' Clark" in TriStar Pictures' drama NOT EASILY BROKEN. Photo By: Ron Phillips

Morris Chestnut (The Game Plan), Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow), Maeve Quinlan (TV’s 90210), Kevin Hart (Fool’s Gold), Wood Harris (Remember the Titans) and Jenifer Lewis (Madea’s Family Reunion) star in Not Easily Broken, an uplifting drama about love and family adapted from the book of the same name by renowned pastor and author Bishop T. D. Jakes.  Directed and produced by Bill Duke (Hoodlum, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit) from a screenplay by Brian Bird (Bopha!). The film is produced by Bishop T. D. Jakes and Curtis Wallace; Morris Chestnut and Steven Brown are executive producers.  The Director of Photography is Geary McLeod, Production Designer is Cecil Gentry and Editor is Josh Rifkin.  The music is by Kurt Farquhar and the music supervision is by Alison Ball and David Lombard.

Not Easily Broken is rated PG-13 for sexual references and thematic elements.  The running time is 99 minutes.

"Not Easily Broken" Morris ChestnutMorris Chestnut as "Dave Johnson" in TriStar Pictures' drama NOT EASILY BROKEN. Photo By: Ron Phillips

Chronicling the story of one couple’s love, loss and ultimate faith in one another, Not Easily Broken follows the lives of Dave (MORRIS CHESTNUT) and Clarice (TARAJI P. HENSON) Johnson in their second decade of marriage. Dave’s dreams of major league baseball success were dashed by an injury in college, leading him to a steady but unfulfilling career as the head of a small construction firm. Clarice is basking in the glow of real estate stardom, creating a life that revolves around her rise to the top. She has become blind to Dave’s needs, the most important being his desire to become a father and start a family with her.

They face a total disruption in their lives when a car crash seriously injures Clarice, whose meddling mother, Mary (JENIFER LEWIS), blames Dave for her daughter’s leg injuries and derailed career.

Help comes in the form of kind-hearted physical therapist and single mom Julie Sawyer (MAEVE QUINLAN), whose son Bryson (CANNON JAY) is coached by Dave and his pals Brock (EDDIE CIBRIAN) and Tree (KEVIN HART) in Little League baseball. Though Clarice is helped by Julie’s care, she becomes concerned that her constant criticism of Dave has pushed her husband away – possibly into the arms of the empathetic Julie. Soon Dave and Clarice must face a married couple’s most serious questions: are we really meant to be together, and if we are, how do we fight to keep what we have built as man and wife?

The film’s strong supporting cast is headed by Eddie Cibrian (The Cave), Kevin Hart (Soul Plane), Niecy Nash (TV’s Reno 911!) and Cannon Jay (Walk Hard) among many others.

Not Easily Broken was adapted by Brian Bird from the novel by best-selling author and pastor Bishop T. D. Jakes, whose popular works include the film (and novel) Woman,Thou Art Loosed  as well as such books as “The Lady, Her Lover and Her Lord”,  “Mama Made the Difference: Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me”, “God’s Leading Lady” and “The Great Investment: Faith, Family and Finance” among many others. Jakes is the leader of The Potter’s House, a nondenominational church based in Dallas that lists over 30,000 members. He also serves in several humanitarian capacities throughout the world as well as leads symposiums and conferences that break national attendance records.

Not Easily Broken was filmed entirely in and around Los Angeles including the communities of Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Newhall, Hawthorne and Hollywood.

Property of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. For promotional use only. Sale, unauthorized duplication, or transfer of this material is strictly prohibited. © 2008 Columbia Tristar Marketing Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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