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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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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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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?


Ichabod Crane faints a total of five times during the movie. He is induced into unconsciousness by Katrina's medicine after his violent meeting with the Horseman. Katrina, by comparison, faints only twice. See more »


In the flashback showing the death of the horseman he is shown being buried still wearing his combat armor yet when Ichabod digs up his grave in the present all that remains of him is a bare boned skeleton. Having only been buried for a decade or 2 there would not have been enough to completely decompose the armor to nothing since it was made of cured leather and metal. See more »


New Yorker: Ichabod Crane, is that you?
Ichabod Crane: None other... Not only me... I have found something, which was lately a man.
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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 »


Featured in Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend (2000) See more »


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

Strangely comical, yet still an excellent film.
25 January 2000 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

Any reservations that I had about the film being be a turkey, were almost immediately quelled upon seeing the movie. From the offset Mr. Depp throws himself into the role of Icabod Crane with enthusiasm and gusto; portraying excellently a man of "science" suddenly out of his depth in legend. Christina Ricci also plays the role of Katrina van Tassel superbly; a sure sign of good things to come from this talented young actress.

I would be reluctant to call this film an outright horror film - the special effects are used primarily to enhance the plot and visual appearence, and the gore level is low. The visual detail is a masterpiece - the sets are fantastic and lighting brilliant. Tim Burton has superbly used music and suspense to build the thrill in the film. However, the comical interjections provide the required break-up of the suspense.

All in all a very well put together film, with solidly good acting, and most of all a superb plot. Well worth seeing!

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