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The films of Tim Burton shine through the muck like a jack-o-lantern on a foggy October night. After such successes as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands, it should come as no surprise that Sleepy Hollow is a dazzling film, a delicious reworking of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Dark and moody, the film is a thrilling ride back to the turn of the 19th century. Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, a seemingly hapless constable from New York City who is sent to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to solve the mystery of the decapitations that are plaguing the town. Crane is a bumbling sort, with a tremendous faith in science over mysticism, and he comes up against town secrets, bewitching women, and a number of bodies missing heads. Christina Ricci, as beautiful as ever, is Katrina Van Tassel, the offbeat love interest who alternately charms and frightens Crane.

The film, while occasionally gory (as one should expect from a movie about a headless horseman), is not terribly frightening, although it is suspenseful. Both Depp and Ricci are convincing, and the art direction and production values give the village its harsh feel. Toward the end, once the secrets are revealed, the film does slow down; however, this stylistic horror film provides many tricks and even more treats. --Jenny Brown

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Johnny DeppIchabod Crane
Christina RicciKatrina Van Tassel
Miranda RichardsonLady Van Tassel/Crone
Michael GambonBaltus Van Tassel
Casper Van DienBrom Van Brunt
Jeffrey JonesReverend Steenwyck
Richard GriffithsMagistrate Philipse
Ian McDiarmidDoctor Lancaster
Michael GoughNotary Hardenbrook
Christopher WalkenHessian Horseman
Lisa MarieLady Crane
Steven WaddingtonKillian
Claire SkinnerBeth Killian
Christopher LeeBurgomaster
Alun ArmstrongHigh Constable
Jamie ForemanThuggish Constable
Martin LandauPeter Van Garrett

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 110 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 19, 1999
    EuropeJan 7, 2000
    JapanFeb 26, 2000
    AustraliaJan 1, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 23, 2000
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