Movie: Dirty Harry (1971)
Who does the sonning?: Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood)
Who gets sonned?: That poor, poor bank robber (Albert Popwell)
Context: Early on in the vigilante cop movie you most likely saw referenced before you actually saw it, Harry Callahan is busting up a bank robbery the only way he knows how: with his gun, badge, and gruff sonning abilities. He catches a bullet stopping the thieves, but that doesn't prevent him from standing before one of the wounded criminals, and asking one of the most famous questions in all of the movies. Did he empty every round, he wonders aloud for the thief? Well, did he? Yes, as it turns out he did. But his words are enough to make the wounded robber give up, making this a perfect sonning. —Ross Scarano