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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ichabod Crane
... Katrina Van Tassel
... Lady Van Tassel
... Baltus Van Tassel
... Brom Van Brunt
... Reverend Steenwyck
... Magistrate Philipse
... Doctor Lancaster
... Notary Hardenbrook
... Hessian Horseman
... Young Masbath
... Lady Crane
... Killian
... Beth Killian
... Burgomaster
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Storyline

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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You can lock the doors. You can bolt the windows. But can you survive the night? See more »


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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,060,467, 21 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,071,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$206,071,502
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Trivia

While commonly known as Brom Bones, his full name is Abraham Van Brunt. See more »

Goofs

(at around 53 mins) When Thomas Killian is spinning the lantern with cut out shapes, the lit up shapes on the walls are spinning in the other direction. See more »

Quotes

Katrina Anne Van Tassel: I have shed my tears for Brom... and yet my heart is not broken. Do you think me wicked?
Ichabod Crane: No... but perhaps there is a little bit of witch in you, Katrina.
Katrina Anne Van Tassel: Why do you say that?
Ichabod Crane: Because you have bewitched me.
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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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References The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) See more »

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The Swallow/The Colly Flower
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Gore-ror film, thin on fright and plot
25 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Having seen Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, as well as knowing about other Tim Burton films (Nightmare Before Christmas, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Mars Attacks, etc.), you'd think going into a film such as this that not much could really put you off. Wrong. Despite how I rate it, this film is entirely watchable...maybe even two or three times compared to some other films out there. But, to me, it falls short on several fronts.

First, I'm a big-time reader and I thoroughly enjoyed Washington Irving's short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." So I was disappointed in that this film made more or less no attempt whatsoever to follow that story. In Irving's story, Ichabod Crane moves to the area and is a school teacher. In this movie, he is a constable sent from New York to investigate three murders by decapitation.

Second, part of the allure of the short story is Crane's infatuation with Katrina Van Tassel and the friction this causes between him and Katrina's would-be lover "Brom Bones" (Abraham van Brunt). The story alludes to the fact that perhaps the headless horseman is indeed Brom Bones scaring Crane (the Disney cartoon actually hints at this as well); the movie allows no such character interplay.

Third, the whole point of this movie seems to be the mindless decapitation of people. And there is a lot of it. A LOT. Men, women, and one child (though the child's decapitation takes place, thankfully, off-screen). And it is gory. Not a whole lot of blood, but plenty of flesh. If you're squeamish at all, that's a good enough reason to avoid this film.

Fourth, the evil character's recitation of motivation (a staple among Saturday morning cartoons from 20 years ago, but grossly out of place in a 21st Century movie) at the film's end is drivel. It could have been shortened, "figured out," and almost entirely left out -- although it did allow for one more beheading on camera. Whopee.

Fifth, the script (and acting) is pretty poor. Now, I like Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.) and I think the guy is great at playing unusual characters, but his performance here reminds me of an Al Gore speech. Because he's done so much so well, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and just blame the script. In fact, you can pretty much blame the script for the whole movie.

Not all is bad in this film. The swordplay by the horseman is excellent. The special effects are pretty well done (some are meant to make you laugh, but just come across as cheesy). And there is the neat bow-tie at the end as the villain gets it and the good guy goes home happy. Again, it's entirely watchable, just not that good.


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