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 »


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Good biography movie
21 January 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Winced when I read it wasn't Meat portraying the role but as the story unfolded Brown really was convincing in the role. I read people winging about finicky things being wrong. Didn't really see them myself. Been a big fan for over sixteen years since a chance concert in 1990, which I might add, was the best live gig I've ever seen. Read a lot about his life and events of his past and I think this movie with a cracking cast (watch out for the cameo in the supermarket, Amanda Aday, Meat's real daughter), told a nice, easy to watch story. There are some genuinely touching moments in it too. As others have said, this is right up there with 'What's Love Got To Do With It'. Story never dragged like it could very easily have. Fans would do well to give this a look.

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