Tough Life Tarlene is a 2004 American Drama film written by Richard Friedenberg and directed by

Tough Life Tarlene
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer

Michael Browning Mike Stenson

Written by Gary M. Goodman

David Himmelstein Jason Richman Michael Browning


Chad Michael Murray

Susan Sarandon

Sigourney Weaver

Juliette Lewis

Pierce Brosnan

Blythe Danner

Music by Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Dariusz Wolski
Editing by Mark Goldblatt

Robert Lambert

Studio Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) July 6th, 2004
Running time 102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $70 million
Box office $65,977,295

Joel Schumacher marking his overall 19th feature film excluding television films Virginia Hill and Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar & Grill.

It features Chad Michael Murray, Susan Sarandon, Sigourney Weaver, Juliette Lewis, Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner and notable central appearences from Topher Grace and Tobey Maguire.

It concerns the 19 year old son of two illegally married lesbian women jeopardize them with taking up love with a small town Kansas Girl.

The film secured an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor 2004: Chad Michael Murray (The winners for the allegory being Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Ben Kingsley & Bill Murray.

The film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.


The Truman family are on the run and they are no ordinary family.

As the family is that of two mothers and a 19 year old troubled son on the run as his subsequent mothers are living in the time of the 1940's and an illegal same sex marriage.

They are commonly labelled fugitives fleeing from town to town and have for a subsequent two years evaded arrest and been able to live with their son however as they retreat to the small town of Arcadia, Kansas and their faithful son strikes love with an Arcadia beauty whom's father is the Sheriff.


  • Susan Sarandon as Tarlene Truman
  • Chad Michael Murray as Abraham Truman
  • Sigourney Weaver as Roberta Truman
  • Juliette Lewis as Gabrielle Ancour
  • Pierce Brosnan as Sheriff Clance Ancour
  • Topher Grace as Billington Bentley
  • Tobey Maguire as Roger Tuxon T.T
  • Wendie Malick as Tracker Tina Birmingham
  • Robbie Coltrane as P.I Pavlino Perversee'
  • Martin Henderson as Mr. Malcontent
  • Kevin Durand as Officer Gabel
  • Kate Capshaw as Arianna Ancour


The Following listing is the complete overrall soundtrack used in the Village Roadshow motion picture Tough Life Tarlene but not the listing of the songs actually featured on the purchasable soundtrack as many of the songs were cut.

  1. In The Mood- Glenn Miller
  2. Take The A Train- Duke Ellington
  3. Hoedown ( From Rodeo)- Aaron Copland
  4. Boogie Woogie- Tommy Dorsey
  5. Where Did You Sleep Last Night- Leadbelly
  6. Driftin Blues- Charles Brown
  7. The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole
  8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- Frank Sinatra
  9. Move On Up A Little Higher- Mahalia Jackson
  10. The Fat Man- Fats Domino
  11. Swipesy Cakewalk- Scott Joplin
  12. Stars And Stripes Forever- John Philip Sousa
  13. The Entertainer- Scott Joplin
  14. Weeping Willow- Scott Joplin
  15. The Yankee Doodle Boy- George M. Cohan
  16. The Ragtime Dance- Scott Joplin
  17. Kansas City Rag- James Scott
  18. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet- Byron G. Harlan
  19. Twelfth Street Rag- Euday L. Bowman
  20. Titina- Leo Daniderff
  21. The Charleston- James P. Johnson
  22. Bluin The Blues- Wilbur Sweatman
  23. Rhapsody In Blue- George Gershwin
  24. Back Water Blues- Bessie Smith
  25. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie- Clarence "Pine Top" Smith
  26. Puttin On The Ritz- Harry Richman
  27. Minnie The Moocher- Cab Calloway
  28. A Handful of Keys- Fats Waller
  29. Sweet Home Chicago- Robert Johnson
  30. Sing Sing With a Swing- Benny Goodman
  31. Roll Em' Pete- Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson
  32. Strange Fruit- Billie Holiday

The following next listing is the listing of the songs featured on the film's purchasable soundtrack:

  1. Bluin The Blues- Wilbur Sweatman
  2. Titina- Leo Daniderff
  3. Back Water Blues- Bessie Smith
  4. Puttin On The Ritz- Harry Richman
  5. The Yankee Doodle Boy- George M. Cohan
  6. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet- Byron G. Harlan
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