Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  26 July 2000 (USA)
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"Meat Loaf" Aday is an overgrown Texas youngster, the son of a gentle woman dying of cancer and an alcoholic, abusive father. Tormented by his father and schoolmates over his size, he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Edmonds
Tim Kelleher ...
David Sonenberg
Kevin Frears
Wes Aday
Wilma Aday
Jona Kai Jacobsen ...
Little Meat
Brooke Averi ...
Little Pearl
Gretchen Storms ...
Young Pearl
Marissa Leigh ...
Teenage Pearl (as Elisabeth Z. Lund)
Bess Meyer ...
Karla DeVito
Steve Popovich


"Meat Loaf" Aday is an overgrown Texas youngster, the son of a gentle woman dying of cancer and an alcoholic, abusive father. Tormented by his father and schoolmates over his size, he strikes out on his own after his mother's death, in an impossible task to prove himself to the world and to himself. A chance audition for a musical leads him to join forces with composer Jim Steinman, and together the two make music history with the operatic rock album "Bat Out of Hell." But the demons that drive Meat Loaf aren't assuaged by success, and eventually he must come to terms with them. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some substance abuse and brief violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meat Loaf - La historia y el drama  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Meat Loaf was opposed to this film being made, and it wasn't until the scene after he (Meat Loaf) had been told he's number 1, where his friends call him 'Meat', that he came around and cheered for himself, over coming his 'fat kid' moniker See more »


Scenes supposedly filmed in Dallas County, Texas feature prominent mountains. There are no mountains whatsoever in Dallas County, Texas. See more »


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Way better than mediocre...way better.
9 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On behalf of all REAL Meat Loaf fans far and wide, Let me just say...BRAVO. From Hell and Back ....more like from heaven ?...and back. Bat out of hell?....more like bat out of well....done! Congratulations to Jim Mcbride on genius directing, the man has such a vision. I have never been so taken aback by a biography. This is clearly not a rockumentary, however it is a very accurate and entertaining depiction of Meat Loaf's wonderful life as an immensely talented fat man. This movie was heart felt, touching, I cried, I laughed, I was scared, I farted a little. excuse me. Not have I been so excited about a movie since the 2001 when the biopic "Salt and Peppa: Puh Push it Real Good" came out.

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