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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  19 November 1999 (USA)
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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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Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del jinete sin cabeza  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The object used by Ichabod to show Katrina the power of optical illusions is a thaumatrope. Thaumatropes are two pictures draw in the two faces of a circle of paper or carton (look-a-like the two sides of a coin). When this one is twisted up and down quickly, the pictures pretend becoming one. See more »


When Icabod cuts up the tree and is splatted with blood, it is on his face and down his neck and white shirt. During the cutting of the tree, the blood splatter on his face changes position with each shot. While digging the hole and following the headless horseman, there is no evidence of blood on his shirt. See more »


Young Masbath: Is he dead?
Ichabod Crane: That's the problem. He was dead to begin with.
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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 »


References Evil Dead II (1987) See more »


The Swallow/The Colly Flower
Performed and arranged by Hesperus
Courtesy of Maggie's Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

Gothic masterpiece
5 January 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Drawing from his Gothic roots (Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas) Burton has created a truly chilling horrific fantasy that keeps you guessing at every turn. The use of special effects is seemless and yet again, as in his other films, Burton excels at creating a whole look and feeling for the piece. He has managed to re-work the classic horror genre staying true to his own highly personal style and catering to post- Wes Craven cinema audiences' cynicism without taking itself too seriously a la Blair Witch. It is so refreshing to see the work of an art-house genius who hasn't let a big hollywood budget get to his head. Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci give charming performances as ever, as do rest of the assembled anglo-Brit. star-studded cast. They all look like they had a ball, as will you!

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