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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Tim Burton, the opening shots of Peter Van Garrett were shot by Conrad L. Hall, who was a friend of the film's director of photography, Emmanuel Lubezki. See more »


Ichabod, Katrina, and young Masbath bar the door of the windmill with a shovel and put two sacks on the left side of the door and one on the right. However, when Ichabod says "To the roof; I've got an idea!", there is only one sack on the left side of the door. When the horseman cuts the shovel with his sword, there are again two sacks on the left side of the door. See more »


Ichabod Crane: [to the Western Woods Crone] I should like to say that I make no assumptions about your occupation nor your ways, Witch... which... which... which are nothing to me, whatever you are.
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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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Performed and arranged by Hesperus
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A truly stunning film
19 November 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Tim Burton has done it again. It seems he can't really go wrong; especially when he's paired with Johnny Depp. Sleepy Hollow is the most visually stunning movie I have seen this year. The production is gorgeous in every way; the cinematography is hauntingly beautiful, the set design is incredible and the way Burton uses the color red to accentuate the lack of color and dreariness otherwise experienced in Sleepy Hollow is a visual treat. This movie is just absolutely beautiful to watch. The performances are flawless, I have to commend Burton for using such a great array of underappreciated character actors, such as Jeffrey Jones and Michael Gough.. and even poor little Casper Van Dien; the man just can't seem to get any respect (and he doesn't here either). Ricci is wonderful in a role totally against type, and Depp is refreshing as ever. Christopher Walken is just the coolest guy ever, and as the Headless Horseman he's even scarier than normal. The best thing, though, is Danny Elfman's music. Why on earth doesn't the man have an Oscar yet? What is going on?? He should at least get a nomination for this one.

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