Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Director: Tim Burton
Screenwriter: Andrew Kevin Walker
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Greaves, Ian McDiarmid / Michael Goff / Christopher Walken / Mark Pickering / Lisa Marie / Stephen Waddington / Claire Skinner / Christopher Lee / Alan Armstrong / Tony Mao Desley / …Collapse
Genre: Fantasy / Horror / Suspense
Region: USA / Germany
Released: 1999-11-19 (USA)
Runtime: 105 minutes
AKA: The Headless Horseman / Sleepy Hollow / The Legend of Sleepy Hollow / Silent Hollow
Rating: IMDB 7.3 / Rotten Tomatoes 70%
In New York at the end of the eighteenth century, the police still used the ancient method of handling cases to extract confessions from criminals. The young policeman Ichab Crane (played by Johnny Depp) believed in scientific methods of handling cases, so he was attracted by the city. Being squeezed out by his peers, he was sent to a small town called Sleepy Hollow to handle a serial murder case.
There has always been a legend about the “Headless Horseman” in Sleepy Hollow. It is said that he is a black forest mercenary who fought because of bloodthirsty. After being cut off by the enemy, his lonely soul has been wandering in Sleepy Hollow. On dark and windy nights, he would ride a fast horse and hold a big axe to cut off the heads of passers-by. Within two months, three people in the small town were murdered.
Crane lived in the home of the local rich man Fantaso (played by Michael Gambon). He didn’t take the legend of the “Headless Horseman” seriously. However, some people died one after another. As the head of the town sheriff, he had to believe in the existence of legends, and he also strengthened his determination to find out the truth.
After some investigation, Crane put his doubts on Fantasso. At the same time, the budding love between him and Fantasso’s daughter Katrina (Christina Ricci) was also destroyed by the cruel reality.
Just when Crane thought the truth was revealed and was about to leave Sleepy Hollow in dejection, things changed unexpectedly…
“Sleepy Hollow” is a 1999 gothic horror film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and Miranda Richardson. The film is loosely based on the 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.
The story follows Ichabod Crane (played by Johnny Depp), a police constable from New York City who is sent to investigate a series of murders in the village of Sleepy Hollow. The murders are believed to be the work of the Headless Horseman, a supernatural entity who terrorizes the village at night.
The film was praised for its stylish visuals, eerie atmosphere, and performances, particularly from Depp as Crane and Richardson as Lady Van Tassel. It was a commercial success, grossing over $200 million worldwide, and won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.