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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christopher Walken's character speaks no words throughout the film. He makes a few wordless shouted commands to his horse and shhhh admonishments to witnesses. 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 »


Katrina Anne Van Tassel: The pickity witch, the pickity witch. Who's got a kiss for the pickity witch?
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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 »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #28.181 (2012) See more »


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

Thoroughly enjoyable

Tim Burton has again proved his worth with a masterpiece of gothic horror. The whole way the film is made is excellent, from the way the special effects are used to enhance the story, rather than sell the movie, to the superb acting of the entire cast. I must confess I was a little reluctant at first to see Johnny Depp in the lead role, but from the outset my mind was changed as he threw himself enthusiastically into the part with exactly the right mix of assumed self confidence tempered by a realistic portrayal of a man hopelessly out of his depth in the situation in which he finds himself.

The story, the sets, the special effects and most of all the cast and director make this a film well worth seeing, definately the best thing out of Hollywood in a very long time. Other directors take note..it's not how big the budget, it's what you do with it. A turkey stuffed with gold is still a turkey, but this film is pure gold, without a hint of poultry.

Why are you still here? Go and see this film immediately.

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