Sleepy Hollow (1999)

35mm film, colour, 1.33:1 (negative ratio), 1.85:1 (intended ratio)
DTS, Dolby Digital, English

An American fantasy/horror film directed by Tim Burton.

Plot Summary

New York constable Ichabod Crane is sent to the remote town of Sleepy Hollow where the population is apparently being slaughtered by a decapitating headless horseman. Crane struggles to unravel the mystery in the face of his own strict adherence to scientific logic and the villagers superstition.


Directed by: Tim Burton
KAROL Film Produktions GmbH & Co. KG, Mandalay Pictures, Paramount Pictures
Executive Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Larry Franco
Line Producer (New York): Celia Costas
Producers: Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder
Co-Producers: Andrew Kevin Walker *, Kevin Yagher
Associate Producer: Mark Roybal
Script: Andrew Kevin Walker
Screen Story: Kevin Yagher, Andrew Kevin Walker
Story: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Director of Photography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Editors: Chris Lebenzon, Joel Negron
Music: Danny Elfman
Sound Recordists: Harry Higgins, Bob Olari
Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood
Make Up/Hair Designer: Peter Owen
Special Effects Supervisor: Joss Williams
Visual Effects: Kevin Yagher Productions; Kevin Yagher Productions UK; Kevin Yagher Productions USA; The Computer Film Company; Industrial Light and Magic
Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs

Johnny Depp (Constable Ichabod Crane)
Christina Ricci (Katrina Anne Van Tassel)
Miranda Richardson (Lady Mary Van Tassel/the western woods crone)
Michael Gambon (Baltus Van Tassel)
Casper Van Dien (Brom Van Brunt)
Jeffrey Jones (Reverend Steenwyck)
Christopher Lee (the burgomaster)
Richard Griffiths (Magistrate Samuel Philipse)
Ian McDiarmid (Dr Thomas Lancaster)
Michael Gough (Notary James Hardenbrook)
Marc Pickering (young Masbath)
Lisa Marie (Lady Crane)
Steven Waddington (Mr Killian)
Christopher Walken (the Hessian horseman)
Claire Skinner (Midwife Elizabeth ‘Beth' Killian)
Alun Armstrong (High Constable)
Mark Spalding (Jonathan Masbath)
Jessica Oyelowo (Sarah)
Tony Maudsley (Van Ripper)
Peter Guinness (Reverend Crane)

Extracts included in
Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend (2000)



  • Shivers no.78 (June 2000) p.43 – illustrated video review (Video reviews by Stephen Foster)