999 user 249 critic

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

2:23 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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



(story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), (screen story) | 2 more credits »
179 ( 146)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest
Beetlejuice (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton
Dark Shadows (2012)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer
From Hell (2001)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
Secret Window (2004)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A writer is accused of plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."

Director: David Koepp
Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker
Batman (1989)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Big Fish (2003)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup


Cast overview, first billed only:


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


Who will it come for next?! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:







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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Reunites Johnny Depp with Christopher Walken after Nick of Time (1995). See more »


When Baltus Van Tassel is explaining to Ichabod about the headless horseman, Baltus is in front of the fireplace, and then when shown again he's over to the right by Magistrate Phillips' chair, and then he is shown again by the fireplace, and then shown again he's back by the chair. See more »


Samuel Philipse: Five victims in four graves.
See more »

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 Night of the Headless Horseman (1999) See more »


Performed and arranged by Hesperus
Courtesy of Maggie's Music, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A great interpretation of a great classic
20 November 1999 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this collaboration between Tim Burton, Andrew Kevin Walker and Washington Irving. Combining such incredible talents as Mr. Burton and Mr. Walker proved quite the appropriate recipe for recreating the Irving classic. I have read may other comments about this movie and I find it very disturbing that most people either compare it to Star Wars: Phantom Menace or complain that it is too far removed from the original story.

For these people I have a few comments. First, the only connections and comparisons to Star Wars are the actor Ian McDiarmid and the actor/stuntman Ray Park. Beyond that there is nothing within this movie that comes remotely close to a comparison to Star Wars. In my opinion this movie was better than that box office behemoth. If *****had spent as much time on his script for ***, perhaps it would have been as intriguing as Sleepy Hollow. Next, for those who were not satisfied with the movie's departure from the Irving classic I have but one piece of advice: read the story again. Washington Irving was masterful at creating scenes and setting atmosphere but The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was a 20 page examination of the little village and the loves of Ichabod Crane (women, food, writings et al) The Horseman, though mentioned a handful of times, did not appear until the last couple pages and then it alluded to the idea that Brom Bones was the culprit, in disguise, to frighten the poor hero Ichabod.

There have been other writings and interpretations of the Sleepy Hollow story that focus more on the spectral form of the Headless Horseman. I believe this movie was done in the spirit of those other works and is among the best. It brings to life the setting of this little valley and attempts to recreate the feeling that Washington Irving described best in his story. It was indicated that Sleepy Hollow was a magical and dream like place, thus the name "Sleepy Hollow." In this little upstate valley the strangest things occur and such ghosts and goblins roam freely if only in the mind of the inhabitants. Tim Burton manages to capture that sensation and allows the audience to feel as if they stepped not into a theater, but another world.

Andrew Kevin Walker's workup and translation of the story also makes for a compelling movie. Allowing the changes for the movie adaptation were a sign of genius. Displacing the hero and introducing him to the Sleepy Hollow atmosphere along with the audience, enhanced the experience. Giving a clear background for the Horseman, which is only briefly provided in the original story, was also an improvement to the movie's story. Let's face it, if they had made a 105 minute movie that tried to replicate the original short story there would have been whole theaters full of "sleepy" patrons.

The acting was also superb giving a hand to Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci for fabulous performances. As for the rest of the cast? Fantastic. To see all of these wonderful actors in secondary roles was a treat. Starting with Christopher Lee as the chief magistrate in New York; Jeffrey Jones, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson and even Casper Van Dien all did magnificent work.

Though the story lagged at moments, they were few and far between. The editing in the beginning was a bit choppy but ran more fluently after the 20-30 minute point. An excellent adaptation of a great story. This was definitely a movie that Burton was born to make.

69 of 81 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why did Lady Van Tassell cut her hand? billyc13
The film that 'should' in my opinion disappoint everyone satyr-14
Accents cbaltz504
Things learned from 'Sleepy Hollow' MetaphysicalGrafitti
You can tell that this is an older Burton... sgottlieb87
Ichabod's dream sequences? Sunil_Powers
Discuss Sleepy Hollow (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page