Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson


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Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed by Tim Burton. In this version, Ichabod (Johnny Depp) is a New York City detective whose unorthodox techniques and penchant for gadgets make him unpopular with is colleagues. He is sent to the remote town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series…  See more details below


Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed by Tim Burton. In this version, Ichabod (Johnny Depp) is a New York City detective whose unorthodox techniques and penchant for gadgets make him unpopular with is colleagues. He is sent to the remote town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of bizarre murders, in which a number of people have been found dead in the woods, with their heads cut off. Local legend has it that a Hessian ghost rides through the woods on horseback, lopping off the heads of the unsuspecting and unbelieving. Ichabod refuses to believe in this legend, convinced that there must be a logical explanation for the murders. In time, Ichabod becomes smitten with a local lass, Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci), who is the sweetheart of the burly Brom Bones (Casper Van Dien), and he becomes determined to capture the murderer to prove his bravery and win her heart. Christopher Walken, Jeffrey Jones, and Christopher Lee highlight the supporting cast; Lee's appearance is particularly apt, since Burton has cited the Hammer films of the 1960s as a major influence in making this film. Andrew Kevin Walker and Tom Stoppard contributed to the screenplay.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The latest masterwork to spring from the fertile and twisted imagination of Tim Burton turns Washington Irving's quaint tale of Upstate New York peculiarities into a grisly, nightmarish detective story. Johnny Depp (an actor born to wear period garb) is as grave and handsome as a young Buster Keaton in the role of Ichabod Crane, a fastidious New York City constable assigned to investigate a decapitation in the rustic hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. His inquiries are stymied by the natives' superstitious belief in the Headless Horseman, a demonic assassin whose future victims might include fair maiden Christina Ricci (looking especially attractive with long blonde hair and daring décolletage). But it's the Horseman himself -- played by Christopher Walken -- who steals the show with his gory escapades, which are captured with startling realism thanks to computer-enhanced imaging. Burton's adaptation plays fast and loose with Irving's story, sliding at times into a cartoonishness that detracts from the film. But his stylized depiction of the gloomy, fog-shrouded village is stunningly beautiful, evoking an atmosphere of the dread that hangs over the scene, palpable as the chilly mist.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Often cited as an homage to the infamous films of Hammer Studios, upon deeper investigation into the influences of director Tim Burton, it becomes increasingly clear that, while the film does indeed have much in common with the British horror classics, the majority of visual influence is instead derived from the lush, gothic films of Mario Bava. Bearing a striking resemblance to 1960s Black Sunday in particular, Burton's muted color palate, vividly splashed with abundant amounts of blood so unnaturally red it seems to drip from the screen, represents a masterful command of color scheme rarely seen since Bava's color-era heyday. While Sleepy Hollow may not retain the masterful balance of a striking visuals and solid characterization as skillfully as Burton's early efforts, Sleepy Hollow remains a remarkably beautiful film which offers both dark humor and some breathtaking set pieces. Burton's cast does as much as humanly possible to bring scribe Andrew Kevin Walker's characters to life, though without the proper foundation, the means to define the characters much further beyond the occasional meaningful gesture or enduring quirk are unfortunately absent. Despite this minor flaw, those willing to judge Sleepy Hollow on its own terms and forego the stratospheric expectations with which Burton films are generally greeted will find themselves in for a sumptuously visual and giddily macabre interpretation of an enduring tale that has chilled the bones of children for generations.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Ichabod Crane
Christina Ricci Katrina Van Tassel
Miranda Richardson Lady Van Tassel
Michael Gambon Baltus Van Tassel
Casper Van Dien Brom Van Brunt
Jeffrey Jones Reverend Steenwyck
Christopher Lee Burgomaster
Richard Griffiths Samuel Philipse
Ian McDiarmid Dr. Lancaster
Michael Gough James Hardenbrook
Christopher Walken Hessian Horseman
Marc Pickering Masbeth
Lisa Marie Lady Crane
Steven Waddington Killian
Claire Skinner Beth Killian
Alun Armstrong High Constable
Mark Spalding Jonathan Masbeth
Jessica Oyelowo Sarah
Ray Park Headless Horseman (stunts)
Peter Guinness Icahbod's father
Orlando Seale Actor

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Gary Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Computer Film Co. Special Effects
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Ken Court Art Director
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
John Dexter Art Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Susie Figgis Casting
Larry Franco Executive Producer
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Rob Inch Stunts
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Skip Lievsay Sound Editor
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Andrew Nicholson Art Director
Peter Owen Makeup
Tom Reilly Asst. Director
Mark Roybal Associate Producer
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Schroeder Producer
Ilene Starger Casting
John Wright Stevens Art Director
Andrew Kevin Walker Original Story,Screenwriter
Joss Williams Special Effects Supervisor
Kevin Yagher Co-producer,Original Story,Special Effects
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design

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Sleepy Hollow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
InnocenceDiesAbbyDosent More than 1 year ago
Definatly in my top 10
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story line is very true to form!! I love it so much on rental that I have to buy it today!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton has spun a deliciously spooky, atmospheric retelling of the classic American legend of 'Sleepy Hollow', complete with flaming pumpkin heads and an underscore of witchcraft. Depp is utterly comic (and believable!) as the fainthearted investigator Ichabod Crane. Inspired by adolescent female detectives like Nancy Drew, Depp created the persona of Ichabod from the inside out, relying on inner bouts of squeamishness to convey his character, rather than adding on prosthetic ears and noses to make himself ''ugly'' and ''silly''. It is to Depp's credit that he is able to pull this off. Christina Ricci is radiant in her role of Katrina, a white Witch, and daughter of privilage who falls for the bumbling Ichabod. Miranda Richardson chews her usual scenery with relish, along with another famous scene stealer (whom I won't mention, lest it ruin his surprize entrance). The supporting cast is quirky and wonderful, capturing the flavor of colonial life in the olde Hudson River Valley...Tim Burton~style. It is the set that steals the show, however. Burton's eye for detail and his uniquely gothic vision has designed a ''Sleepy Hollow'' so exquisitely beautiful, from the ever present fog to the manmade western woods, gorgeously spooky with twisted branches and fallen autumn leaves...This is the forest of our collective childhoods, imbedded in our memory, dreamlike and haunting. His interiors are museum quality in authenticity of detail...every inch reveals thought and creativity. This film is a visual joy. I must also mention the sensitive handling of 'witchcraft' in this film. Hollywood almost never gets it *right*...but Burton obviously has a knowledge and understanding of the Old Ways. His sympathetic message is clear, and welcome. This is sure to become a Hallow's Eve *classic*. NOTE* The DVD version contains wonderful *Special features* including Behind the Scenes interviews on the making of the film, and it's crafty special effects. *BB*!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton, in his recreation of the Legend of ''Sleepy Hollow'', uses an all-star cast headed by Johnny Depp that tells the tale of the headless horseman to perfection. In the film, Icabod Crane(played by Depp), is a detective at the turn of the twentieth century that is way ahead of his time by using scientific methods to solve mysterious crimes. So that he is satisfied in his desire to use these methods, Crane is sent from New York to the town of Sleepy Hollow where several reported murders have occurred. Spookily enough, every one of the victims of murder in the small town has been found with their head cleanly lopped from their body! The movie progresses when Icabod Crane reaches the town of Sleepy Hollow and stumbles across the beautiful witch Katrina(played by Cristina Ricci). As many more murders occur that are characterized by the typical decapitation of vicitims of the supposed headless horseman, Crane slowly catches on to a plot of several of the town¿s most prosperous farmers and then to the evil witchery involving the headless horsemen committed by Katrina¿s stepmother! Filled with suspense and on top of an appropriately dreary background, the classic tale is retold by Burton and leaves the viewer in awe. Definitely a great selection to get you in the mood this Halloween!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think sleepy hollow is a good movie for adults but not for children
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favoret movie. Buy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up watching the less violent cartoon version of Sleepy Hollow. This one still ranks up there! Tim Burton is a genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thikn that the movie, Sleepy Hollow, was an excellent. All my friends enjoyed it, and it had all the great qualities and makings of a superb movie. It had attractive actors (Johnny Depp), a well-known plot, yet with more detail, new twists, and more information and explanation behind the tale. I could watch this movie forever, and if you see it, I think that you will agree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite different from the mundane, original Sleepy Hollow, Burton twists the- call it as you will- fairy tale, into a horror story of dark settings and a vivid story line. Instead of the headless horseman being a man with no history or purpose, Burton molds him into blood craving Hessian mercenary, who's untimely death makes him an unwitting servant to a powerful and vengeful witch. While the movie does focus on Constable Crane (another turn from the original book) and his passion for Katrina, Christopher Walken's character (the horseman) steals the show. Due to some graphic content (mainly the removal of heads) the rating is necesary. I, however, recomend the movie to anyone and everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is most likely one of the best films I have ever seen. A new and exciting twist on the classic story. And, lets face it, who DOESNT like those binocular glasses Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp)wears in the movie when observing dead bodies?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This spooky, chilling film is as dark as a mystery/horror film can get. Tim Burton does it again in directing this mystery/horror film that will for sure turn your blood cold and put a shiver down your spine. An excellent film with a cast to match, Sleepy Hollow is one of Tim Burton's best. Combining horror and mystery together, Sleepy Hollow is one of those films that you'll be kicking yourself if you miss. A gruesome yet great film, this is the better of 2 mystery/horror films that Johnny Depp has played in. The other was From Hell that was horrible. Certainly a comparison to Batman for it's dark atmosphere, Sleepy Hollow is one of the best mystery/horror films that have hit the big screen. You have own this film if you haven't yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am A huge fan of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and together they make a fantastic duo. Tim's deep and dark setting to the film make it so atmospheric that you can almost feel yourself in the movie. I was also inpressed with the fantastic sound track produced by Danny Elfman that I have noticed in other movies that Tim and Johnny have also been involed with. Very well put together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this movie is an excellent movie. I think that this well known movie is an excellent movie for adults and children who are above the age of 14. Buy this movie!! Trust me you will wanna watch this movie on Halloween night!! The first time I saw this movie I was jumping!!! Recommended: The Sixth Sense starring Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow'' by Washington Irving is my favorite story of all time. So when I heard a movie called ''Sleepy Hollow'' was coming out, I was naturally very excited. When I saw the movie, I was shocked by what I saw. Yes, the imagery is great and the spooky atmosphere is fine, but the movie had nothing to do with the original story by Irving. Director Tim Burton took the characters in the classic story, put them in his own horror movie, and made everyone think that's what ''The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow'' is all about. If Tim Burton wants to make a horror movie, then make a horror movie! Don't hide it behind a classic and steal your characters from author Washington Irving! That's what upset me so much after I saw the movie. It had nothing to do with the story, it was simply Tim Burton stealing characters and making his own story. I had to explain to my friends who saw the movie with me that it had absolutely nothing to do with the story, and that is why I give this movie the lowest possible far as I'm concerned, this is outright plagarism. It upsets me that a good-hearted, old fashioned spooky story has been twisted into what amounts to a slasher film. If you want to know why Ichabod Crane really came to Sleepy Hollow, read the story, don't see this travesty of a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very good! It isn't really that scary. It's suspenseful with some humor.It's good and gory,too. It's Absolutely Depptastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sleepy Hollow is a wonderful twist on an old classic story. Being the Johnny Depp conossieur that I am, I just had to see this movie. It was wonderfully different than I had anticipated it would be. I was expecting more of a scare you to death sort of movie, but was happily surprised to find a bit of gore, some wonderful Johnny Depp humor, and the artistic creations of Tim Burton all swept into one. Sleepy Hollow (starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci), is the classic headless horsemen tale with a twist. It features the infamous horsemen, along with clues to the murder investigation and who is behind it all. It is as more a mystery story than a horror film. Johnny Depp added his own flair to the movie, as Ichabod Crane, the constable investigator who is called into Sleepy Hollow to solve the murders of the headless horsemen. This film was deliciously mysterious and scarry. It was good enough to lose your head over!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oy!I liked it alot,especially Johnny Depp,for awhile I forgot it was even Depp!He dose such a good job becoming the charactors,like in Pirates of the Carribian and Edward Scissorhands,you can hardly tell it's him beneath the gastly scissorhands,deep tan and black eye-liner,to which,I have to say he wears more than I do, in Pirates of the Carribian,and I've never seen such tan skin! In Sleepy Hallow you see the best of him once more,the gastly pale skin and black clothes...almost looks black-and-white like The Pianist director Roman Polenski did. Although the gore dosn't tickle my fancey,Johnny Depp did! Ugh!And he is always fainting!Perfect!I'd think Ichabod Crane would,too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Tim Burton's films, for the most part, and he is one of the most imaginative and original moviemakers out there. But this movie is a travesty, simply because he stole the characters from my all-time favorite story ''The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow'' and made them participants in what amounts to a slasher film. That, to me, is just plain wrong. Unfortunately, many people who see this movie will be under the impression that its the same as Washington Irving's classic tale, which it isn't. They'll expect to read a story filled with gloomy, horror movie imagery, only to be ''disappointed'' that its just a good-natured, old-fashioned ghost story. If Tim Burton wanted to make a horror movie, then he should've come up with something original (which he has always done in the past) instead of stealing characters. He also could've made a wonderful film version of the actual story, but he didn't. That is why I didn't like this film at all.