Sleepy Hollow

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1799: New York police inspector Ichabod Crane (Depp) is sent to investigate a murder case in the provinces, in the hope it will purge him of his newfangled scientific theories. But there's little mystery about the crimes at Sleepy Hollow. Everyone knows the guilty party is the legendary 'headless horseman', a Prussian hussar who used to terrorise the countryside. Much taken by the enigmatic Katrina Van Tassel (Ricci), Crane chooses to confront his fear and dig a little deeper, even as everyone who's anyone in the town begins to lose his head. Burton's free interpretation of Washington Irving's classic bogey tale has a lustrous, black velvet look that draws on fairy tale traditions, Disney, Gothic and Dutch Colonial styles - with a pinch of Hammer Horror thrown in. Depp affects a vaguely English accent and a prissy, slightly effeminate demeanour as Crane. It's a witty but fatally caricatured performance which precludes much in the way of emotional investment, and generates negligible chemistry with a pallid Ricci. This is more plot-driven than Burton's norm, and it moves at a fair lick, but even so, its attractions are all atmospheric, while narrative convolutions tend to come in undigested gobbets of explanation. For about an hour it's a fine, ghoulish carnival sideshow, and that has its charms, but there's a thin desperation about the climax.

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tim Burton
Screenwriter: Andrew Kevin Walker
Cast: Michael Gambon
Jeffrey Jones
Christopher Walken
Christina Ricci
Ian McDiarmid
Alun Armstrong
Christopher Lee
Martin Landau
Caspar Van Dien
Richard Griffiths
Johnny Depp
Michael Gough
Claire Skinner
Miranda Richardson

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Laurie

this movie was funny, but almost like an old fashion movie. this is my favorite movie to watch. it's very watchable.

Laurie

this movie was funny, but almost like an old fashion movie. this is my favorite movie to watch. it's very watchable.