Sleepy Hollow

  • 15
  • Tim Burton (1999)
  • US
  • 100 min
Sleepy Hollow
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This supernatural gothic whodunnit is another beautifully crafted offering from eccentric maestro Tim Burton. With a perfect cast milking every sinister nuance, Burton's clever take on Washington Irving's timeless tale of terror uses the classic look of Hammer's golden horror era to stunning effect. Johnny Depp, sporting a clipped English accent, is brilliant as maverick policeman Ichabod Crane, sent to the small New England community of Sleepy Hollow to investigate three mysterious beheadings, which the locals are blaming on the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman. Cruel shocks and subversive thrills combine with sly humour in a stunning movie that's steeped in Burton's Grimm fairy-tale sensibilities and unrestrained love of the fantasy genre.

Plot Summary

Gothic horror fantasy starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. Unorthodox detective Ichabod Crane is sent to the village of Sleepy Hollow following a series of decapitations. However, his investigation is hampered by the locals' belief that the murders are being committed by the ghost of a headless horseman, and by his growing infatuation with the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel.

Cast and crew


Ichabod Crane
Johnny Depp
Katrina Van Tassel
Christina Ricci
Lady Van Tassel / Crone
Miranda Richardson
Baltus Van Tassel
Michael Gambon
Brom Van Brunt
Casper Van Dien
Reverend Steenwyck
Jeffrey Jones
Magistrate Philipse
Richard Griffiths
Doctor Lancaster
Ian McDiarmid
Notary Hardenbrook
Michael Gough
Hessian Horseman
Christopher Walken
Young Masbath
Marc Pickering
Lady Crane
Lisa Marie
Steven Waddington
Beth Killian
Claire Skinner
Christopher Lee
High constable
Alun Armstrong
Peter Van Garrett
Martin Landau


Tim Burton

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Jan 2000
Certificate 15