I thought of a few other instances where gratuitous movie quoting has led to some interesting encounters. The first was an incident about ten years ago when I was hanging out with a few friends and some of their hangers on. One of those friends was a girl whom I might have been trying to impress. At the very least, two of my other friends were jockeying for her attention so testosterone and simple male competitiveness motived me to one up them. The problem was she was there with a guy who was "just a friend," but whom I felt was a bit smarmy, arrogant and annoying.
Later, he'd become one of my best friends. Go figure.
So anyway, this girl mentions she's studying D.H. Lawrence in one of her classes. Seeing an opporunity, I quote "They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all."
And the twerp/future friend of mine she's with suddenly lights up. There's a huge flash of recognition on his face and he give me a look that pretty much reads, "I've got your number. You're not as clever as you think you are." To confirm that, he quotes (in a Scottish accent) "Admiral! There be whales here!" For you see, that D.H. Lawrence line is quoted in Star Trek IV by Captain Kirk, and he was letting me know he knew where I learned that from.
This same friend later got off a good one-liner during one of our infrequent Risk games. My friend Chris was known as a ruthless player and saw an opportunity to eliminate one competitor entirely if he committed all his attack forces at once. The problem was that would leave his territory vulnerable to his neighbor, Steve. Chris secured a promise from Steve that he wouldn't attack while Chris went after the other player.
Naturally Steve wasted little time turning on him, crippling Chris's offensive. "Sorry, Chris," he said. "I just couldn't resist."
Problem for Steve - though he screwed over Chris's plan to take the new territories and hold his own, Chris still had more than enough armies to turn them in Steve's direction. In the duration of one turn, he reduced Steve's forces to about four armies occupying two territories. This took about half an hour, during which maybe a dozen words were spoken. It was VERY tense in that room, even as Chris concluded his massacre.
The tension wasn't broken until my friend turned to me and said, "Apology accepted, Captain Needa." (Quote source: The Empire Strikes Back. It's what Darth Vader says to a captain who apologizes for failing to capture the Millennium Falcon.) That at least got the two of us laughing and it soon spread. It also served to really break the ice between the two of us, and once we realized we had some common interests, it served to cool any hostility between us. (I would later learn his opinion of me was as unfavorable as mine of him.)
Final one: I use this a lot these days, but the first time I deployed it was after having to sit through a movie for class called WR's Mysteries of the Organism. I don't wish to detail the torture this film was, but it caused a level of discomfort in that screening room I hadn't seen. (Hint: Male nudity. Extreme close-up. Ten minutes without cutting.)
So as my troupe left the school's theater that evening, I could only say, "So the cops knew internal affairs was setting them up?!"
If you got that without Googling, consider that our secret handshake.
Anyone have any similar anecdotes?