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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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 cast and crew often said "The feeling one had walking around Sleepy Hollow's sets, and in particular the town at Lime Tree, was almost as if you were walking around the inside of Tim Burton's head." See more »


When Ichabod Crane is playing the bird in the cage game while in the carriage, he removes it from his pocket twice. Once when he first gets in the carriage then again after he looks out of the window at the men removing the woman's body from the back of the wagon. See more »


Ichabod Crane: It is truth, but truth is not always appearance.
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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 »


Version of The Headless Horseman (1922) See more »


Performed and arranged by Hesperus
Courtesy of Maggie's Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

Intense Mystery, Magic, and Horror
19 November 1999 | by (South Florida) – See all my reviews

Tim Burton has brought this timeless classic to life! "Sleepy Hollow" is a very fine film, with horrific delights, a touch of romance, and witty humor. I was very impressed with the cinematography and the elaborate costumes in this film. Also, the music and sound effects complimented this frightening and legendary story of the murderous Headless Horseman. Overall, I believe this is an excellent film and will definitely be remembered as a landmark in the thriller/horror genre of film.

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