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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.

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The curse of the headless horseman is the legacy of the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Spearheaded by the eager Constable Ichabod Crane and his new world ways into the quagmire of secrets and murder, secrets once laid to rest, best forgotten and now reawakened, and he too, holding a dark secret of a past once gone. Written by Cinema_Fan

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You can lock the doors. You can bolt the windows. But can you survive the night? See more »


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Rated R for graphic horror violence and gore, and for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del jinete sin cabeza  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,060,467 (USA) (19 November 1999)

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$101,068,340 (USA) (5 May 2000)
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Trivia

The film was almost entirely shot with a blue filter. So, for the blood to appear red, the liquid used had to be bright orange. See more »

Goofs

The servant girl's head was severed by a mortal and not the horseman. Her head and neck lacked the cauterized qualities that the sword delivered. There should have been a quantity of blood due to the ax blow that took her life. See more »

Quotes

Ichabod Crane: You believe the father killed her?
Samuel Philipse: The Horseman killed her.
Ichabod Crane: How often do I have to tell you? There is no Horseman, never was a Horseman, and never will be a Horseman.
[Pulls a pendant off of The Magistrate's neck]
Ichabod Crane: What is that thing?
Samuel Philipse: It's my talisman. It protects me from the Horseman.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits - shown over Ichabod's travel to Sleepy Hollow - interact with the landscape: if Ichabod's coach is near a river, the words are reflected on the surface of the water; if he's in a forest the letters drift away like dead leaves, and so on. See more »


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The Swallow/The Colly Flower
Performed and arranged by Hesperus
Courtesy of Maggie's Music, Inc.
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A Superb Version of Washington Irving's Classic Horror Story
6 May 2006 | by (Ventura, California) – See all my reviews

The movie, Sleepy Hollow, embodies Tim Burton's unique take on one of the most well-known horror tales of all time, with a few new plot twists and greater character development, including a dark past for Ichabod Crane and a "story behind the story" of what's going on in the haunted town, which is beautifully rendered, dark and foggy for an eerie atmosphere.

The dream cast puts in great performances, but obviously it's Johnny Depp who steals the show with his intuitive and sometimes over-the-top portrayal of the anti-hero, Ichabod Crane, who displays admirable bravery while at the same time often succumbing to fear.

The lavish production, masterful acting, background music, beautiful periodic sets and costumes and the careful attention to detail, most notable in the special effects used to bring the headless horseman "to life", if you will, all come together to tell the tale of Sleepy Hollow's plight and deliverance as it's never been told before. It's unlikely that this cinematic version will ever be surpassed. Superb!


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