Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart

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Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart
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Written bySusan McMartin
Toni Braxton (Book)
Nicole Jefferson (Teleplay)
Directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Starring Lex Scott Davis
Debbi Morgan
Gavin Houston
Cortney Scott Wright
Skye P. Marshall
LaToya Franklyn
Tiffany Hines
Music byLaura Karpman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersCraig Baumgarten (exec.)
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Toni Braxton (also exec.)
Erik Kritzer (exec.)
Marcus Grant (exec.)
Towanda Braxton
Running time88 minutes
Production companiesLINK Entertainment
Lighthouse Pictures
Distributor Lifetime
Original releaseJanuary 23, 2016 (United States)
April 21, 2016 (United Kingdom)

Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (also known as Unbreak My Heart) is a 2016 American television biographical film about R&B singer Toni Braxton. It premiered at Lifetime on January 23, 2016.


It derives its title from Braxton's book Toni Braxton Unbreak My Heart a Memoir and her most notable hit "Un-Break My Heart". The film stars Lex Scott Davis as Toni Braxton, Debbi Morgan as Evelyn Braxton, Skye P. Marshall as Towanda Braxton, Tiffany Hines as Tamar Braxton and Gavin Houston as Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. The film was directed by Vondie Curtis Hall and written by Susan McMartin, Toni Braxton and Nicole Jefferson. [1]


The biopic follows the Toni Braxton's journey from her discovery by mega producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, to her battle with Lupus. The movie also delves into how she made it through her public divorce all while navigating her son's autism and family struggles. "Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart" chronicles the untold measures the wildly talented artist took to make herself and her family whole again, becoming a global inspiration. [2]


Background and release

On September 15, 2015 it was announced Lifetime Network green lighted the original movie, based on Toni Braxton's memoir "Unbreak My Heart". [3] [4] The film was shot in Vancouver, Canada during fall 2015 confirmed by Braxton in an interview with ABC News.

"I tried to stay away from the film's set in Vancouver as much as possible. "I didn't want to make Lexi uncomfortable. I wanted her to be relaxed playing me and it was really hard for me to be objective," she explained of her absence."

— Toni Braxton, ABC News [5]

In early December, 2015, Braxton announced the premiere date for the biopic on her Instagram account. [6] On December 17, 2015 the trailer was released. [7] On January 23, 2016 the biopic premiered in the United States on Lifetime TV and April 23, 2016 in the United Kingdom on Lifetime UK. [8]


Critical reception gave a mixed response towards the biopic stating "Toni Braxton's biopic was like watching whip lash – heavily censored whip lash. There were so many parts left out that watching the movie felt like a parody at times. The casting wasn’t much better but aside from these glaring issues, the movie was very well watched and anticipated." [9]


The film's premiere generated 3.6 million viewers, earning the highest rating for an original movie with adults ages 25–54, women 25-54 and women 18-49 since "Whitney," the January 2015 biopic on Whitney Houston. [10]

Home media

Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart was released digitally on to Amazon on January 22, 2016 and to DVD under the title Toni Braxton: The Movie Event on June 14, 2016 available in region 1 (U.S and Canada only). [11] [12]

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