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Dead Ringer (1982 film)

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Dead Ringer
Directed byAllan F. Nichols
Story byAl Delentash, Meat Loaf, David Sonenberg
StarringMeat Loaf
Edited byNorman Smith
Release date
c. 1982
Running time
1 hours, 30 minutes
LanguageEnglish

Dead Ringer or as it sometimes known Dead Ringer (The Movie) was a film released sometime in 1982, the earliest review of which dates from August 29th 1982[1] in which it is stated the film is too thin and erratic to be fully compelling. The film was released to promote the 1981 Meat Loaf album Dead Ringer with the personal from the album and the tour being featured in the film.

Plot[edit | edit source]

A very passionate Meat Loaf fan named Marvin, most likely a reference to Marvin Lee Aday, the real name of Meat Loaf who is the actor playing the character. Along with his brother Chuck they create a plan to meet Meat Loaf and get into a show during the Dead Ringer tour. After a few attempts they finally get into a concert when they are mistaken for prop movers who were late for their job due to their physical resemblance, thus they are given a backstage pass. Marvin ends up meeting Meat and performing the hit song "Dead Ringer For Love" for an encore.

Distribution[edit | edit source]

[[:File:MeatLoafDeadRinger.jpg|thumb|The cover of the 1981 "Dead Ringer" album.]] The film is thought to have been of very limited distribution with only two known versions floating around the web. The film was considered lost for many years being briefly mentioned in the 1999 auto-biography To Hell And Back where it is said it was only played at 2 film festivals before disappearing. On Halloween 2002 MLUKFC user "Tim The Butcher" asked if anyone knew where a copy could be found with rumors at the time that the owner of the site had a copy[2]. On April fools day 2003 a summary of the film was posted to IMDB[3] though at the time many doubted the authenticity of the overview due to the post being on April 1st. On April 13th 2011 the film was featured in a podcast on The Projection Booth[4] and shortly after it was leaked. In November 2018 the film was uploaded to YouTube by user MLBFCollection being the first major distribution of the film on the site.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "A "Dead" Movie?". www.jimsteinman.com. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  2. "Meat Loaf UK Fanclub". mlukfc.com. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  3. Dead Ringer, retrieved 2019-01-08
  4. White, Mike. "Episode Six: Dead Ringer (1981)". The Projection Booth Podcast. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  5. MLBFCollection, Meat Loaf: Dead Ringer The Movie, Rare 1981!, retrieved 2019-01-08


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