“The Movie” is an instrumental from Permanent Vacation, the ninth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released by Geffen Records on August 25, 1987. The melody slowly builds up during the intro, with the main riff evoking mystery, focus and action.
Before its official release, the instrumental had been used when technical problems occurred during concerts. The only recording of such an instance that this happened was broadcasted live from a Lynn TV station in 9/14/1985, where Tyler can be seen running back stage to deal with the inconvenience.
During the 1987 sessions for Permanent Vacations, the riff was also considered as an outro for the yet unreleased Got To Find a Way.
By the time the fully produced song was released in the album, it included a few lines of dialog in Scottish Gaelic that seem to be random lines, rather than lyrics or meaningful content for the song. Scots Gaidhlig was spoken by Christine Arnott. Steven probably used the same approach he took when recording the intro of Love in an Elevator, where he directed a few people to read a few lines of an old news paper. The narration is delivered with great pronunciation, but no emotion, giving a sense serious command. It could be interpreted that it was meant to be a sneak peak to a mix of scripts being read out loud looking for a story to fit the melody:
All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players ~ Shakespeare
Theid sinn dhachaidh am bliadhna seo ‘s bith ceilidh mhor againn,
We’ll go home this year and we’ll have a big ceilidh,
‘s theid sinn chun na Hearadh agus ni sin ceilidh air Nora agus Raonailt
and we’ll go to Harris and visit Nora and Rachel
‘s tha mi an dochas gu faigh sinn buntata agus sgadan.
I hope we get potato and herring
‘S theid sin gu Scalpaidh ‘s theid sinn a choimhead air Mairi agus…
And we’ll go to Scalpay and visit Mairi and…
In 1994, it was used as the soundtrack on an edit of “the lost scene” of the Cryin’ music video, an early concept deleted from the video that was later incorporated in shoots from the following video clips for Crazy and Amazing.
In it Alicia Silverstone’s character is in a road trip with a couple, when they stop at a gas station, the guy tries to make a move on her making her uncomfortable because he is in a relationship with her friend; but when she realizes her friend is coming back, she plays along with the flirt to make it evident that the guy was about to cheat on her. She takes off as the couple start to argue about the awkward situation.