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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980)

A TV adaptation of Washington Irving's classic ghost story. Humor is the drawing card in this version, with Jeff Goldblum a nerdish Ichabod Crane, Dick Butkus an appropriately nasty Brom ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Frederic Dutcher
Laura Campbell ...
Thelma Dumkey
Squire Van Tassel
Michael Ruud ...
Winthrop Palmer
Karin Isaacson
H.E.D. Redford ...
Tiger Thompson ...
Ted Dumkey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fritz Vanderhoof
Michael Witt ...
Jan Van Tassel


A TV adaptation of Washington Irving's classic ghost story. Humor is the drawing card in this version, with Jeff Goldblum a nerdish Ichabod Crane, Dick Butkus an appropriately nasty Brom Bones, and Meg Foster as spirited Katrina van Tassel. Angered that Katrina has grown fond of schoolmaster Crane, Brom Bones determines to scare off the interloper by filling his head with spooky tales of a Headless Horseman. Crane pooh-poohs the legends, until one fateful ride home in the dark of night. Written by Ørnås

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror





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31 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La leggenda di Sleepy Hollow  »

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1.33 : 1
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Brom Bones did not have a close companion named Frederic Dutcher in the original novel, but he did have a gang who assisted him in playing on tricks on Ichabod throughout the town. See more »


Thelma Dumkey: You and me just naturally seem cut out for a double harness, Brom Bones.
Brom Bones: Now Thelma, you gotta stop talking like that. You know I'm fixing to get hitched up with Katrina one of these days.
Thelma Dumkey: You've been saying that for years, and there ain't none of us getting any younger.
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A wonderful flavor of colonial times
10 October 2007 | by (Ithaca, New York) – See all my reviews

I've loved this movie since its first airing back in 1980. Actually I only caught the ending that night because of being out late trick or treating..lol. Great cast, especially Jeff Goldblum and Dick Butkus. For a lot of the movie you get so wrapped up in the characters that you almost forget about the real headless horseman. There's just something very nostalgic about this film. The clothing, the log cabins, the small community, the nice manners, the ghost tales, the hospitality, the music, the location..so much to enjoy! The story is a little modified from the original but that's okay, it still works very well. I don't think much of it was filmed in a studio which gave it that more realistic feel. Just a wonderful film from beginning to exciting end.

Yes a DVD release would be very nice.

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