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Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 26 July 2000
"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 »


Jim McBride


Ron McGee




Cast overview, first billed only:
W. Earl Brown ... Meat Loaf
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Leslie Edmonds
Zachary Throne ... Jim Steinman
Tim Kelleher ... David Sonenberg
Tom Wood ... Kevin Frears
Kim Robillard ... Wes Aday
Lisa Jane Persky ... Wilma Aday
Jona Kai Jacobsen Jona Kai Jacobsen ... Little Meat
Brooke Averi Brooke Averi ... Little Pearl
Gretchen Storms Gretchen Storms ... Young Pearl
Marissa Leigh Marissa Leigh ... Amanda
Elisabeth Lund Elisabeth Lund ... Teenage Pearl (as Elisabeth Z. Lund)
Bess Meyer ... Erin
Sandra Purpuro ... Karla DeVito
Sean Smith ... 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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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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) See more »

Also Known As:

Meat Loaf - La historia y el drama See more »

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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 »


In the opening shot it shows the Minneapolis skyline with the Metrodome. It says it is 1978. Construction did not start until 1979 and opened in 1982. See more »


Features The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

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Accurate story of his life, lots of great music
27 July 2000 | by evanpeltSee all my reviews

This is an enjoyable film for Meat Loaf fans. Song clips, in some cases entire songs are included from both Bat Out of Hell I & II as well as a film clip from Rocky Horror.

I was really surprised how accurate this movie is. Most biographical movies are time-warped (people and places out of place & time) but this one sticks to the truth in almost all cases.

If you enjoy Meat Loaf music, I recommend this movie. It will give you some interesting insights into some of the songs Jim Steinman wrote for him. If you want to know more about the man, I don't think you will find a more accurate portrayal anywhere. I also recommend you see the VH1 "Behind the Music" biography on Meat Loaf -- it lets his wife, children, Jim Steinman and others get their side in too.

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