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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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?


In order to escape the Headless Horseman, Ichabod sets fire to the windmill. Instead of simply burning down, the windmill explodes in a huge fireball. This would be due to a "dust explosion", which is when a fine powder suspended in the air, like flour, is ignited. According to Wikipedia, in the United States alone there have been nearly 100 people killed as the result of dust explosions in flour mills. See more »


At the very start of the film Peter Van Garret in the carriage is looking forward in the direction of travel. He looks out of his left-hand window at a scarecrow. The camera tracks the scarecrow as the carriage goes past. The tracking shot is not correct. It is a tracking shot as filmed from the right hand side of the carriage, but Peter was looking out the left hand window. See more »


Ichabod Crane: Katrina, I might have killed you. Why have you come?
Katrina Anne Van Tassel: Because no one else would go with you.
Ichabod Crane: I am now twice the man, and it is your white magic.
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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 »


References The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) See more »


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

A Superb Version of Washington Irving's Classic Horror Story
6 May 2006 | by (Ventura, California) – See all my reviews

The movie, Sleepy Hollow, embodies Tim Burton's unique take on one of the most well-known horror tales of all time, with a few new plot twists and greater character development, including a dark past for Ichabod Crane and a "story behind the story" of what's going on in the haunted town, which is beautifully rendered, dark and foggy for an eerie atmosphere.

The dream cast puts in great performances, but obviously it's Johnny Depp who steals the show with his intuitive and sometimes over-the-top portrayal of the anti-hero, Ichabod Crane, who displays admirable bravery while at the same time often succumbing to fear.

The lavish production, masterful acting, background music, beautiful periodic sets and costumes and the careful attention to detail, most notable in the special effects used to bring the headless horseman "to life", if you will, all come together to tell the tale of Sleepy Hollow's plight and deliverance as it's never been told before. It's unlikely that this cinematic version will ever be surpassed. Superb!

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