Sleepy Hollow

November 19th, 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.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.5/10 (141,383 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson

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.

Writers: Washington Irving, Kevin Yagher

Johnny Depp - Ichabod Crane
Christina Ricci - Katrina Van Tassel
Miranda Richardson - Lady Van Tassel / Crone
Michael Gambon - Baltus Van Tassel
Casper Van Dien - Brom Van Brunt
Jeffrey Jones - Reverend Steenwyck
Richard Griffiths - Magistrate Philipse
Ian McDiarmid - Doctor Lancaster
Michael Gough - Notary Hardenbrook
Christopher Walken - Hessian Horseman
Marc Pickering - Young Masbath
Lisa Marie - Lady Crane
Steven Waddington - Killian
Claire Skinner - Beth Killian
Christopher Lee - Burgomaster

Taglines: Watch your head!

Release Date: 19 November 1999

Filming Locations: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $65,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $30,060,467 (USA) (21 November 1999) (3064 Screens)

Gross: $206,071,502 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Star Johnny Depp adopted Goldeneye, the horse that played Gunpowder, Ichabod Crane's horse in the film, when he heard it was going to be put down.

Miscellaneous: At the very start of the film Peter Van Garret (Martin Landau) 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.

Ichabod Crane: Villainy wears many masks, none of which so dangerous as virtue...

User Review

Strangely comical, yet still an excellent film.

Rating: 10/10

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!