Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

4.4 74
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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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Tim Burton; "Sleepy Hollow: behind the legend" featurette; Selected cast biographies; Exclusive cast & crew interviews; Photo gallery; 2 theatrical trailers

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sleepy Hollow
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19

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