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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 »


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W. Earl Brown salvages bland docudrama
10 March 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This docudrama starts with MeatLoaf (W. Earl Brown) as a kid growing up in Dallas 1958. He's a fat kid with a sick mother and a drunken abusive father. He's bullied by the school kids. He played high school football, and got into drama. He strikes out for Hollywood after the death of his mother eventually connecting with composer Jim Steinman (Zachary Throne) and future wife Leslie Edmonds (Dedee Pfeiffer). But old demons continue to haunt him.

I wouldn't say this is good drama. There are highlights, and the movie is checking off one highlight after another. There is even a 'The Voice' moment as Jim Steinman turns around and shockingly finds the chubby man with the Wagner voice. Brown does a great job impersonating MeatLoaf. I'm sure he got the job for his striking resemblance but they got a great actor to boot. He's the only one saving this from being a hopelessly bland docudrama.

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