15 certificateSleepy Hollow is a Film programme that first aired in 1999 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Sleepy Hollow is a 4 star programme

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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Directed by
Tim Burton

Say what you like about director Tim Burton, even his lesser films - such as (Batman Returns and Planet of the Apes) - look good. But when he combines a superb story with his unique eye, the film bears his unmistakeable imprint, often copied but rarely bettered.

Sleepy Hollow is one of his successes, based on Washington Irving's enduring fiction. Burton strips the American folk tale back to its essentials. Johnny Depp is New York Constable Ichabod Crane, eager to drag the law and the courts into the scientific 1800s, but instead banished to investigate a series of murderous beheadings at the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow.

There, he finds everyone suspicious of his presence and fearful of the murderer: a headless horseman, the ghost of a mercenary Hessian who fought in the Wars of Independence. But as the body count (or rather torso count; the heads are never found) rises, so Crane begins to suspect a human hand. He begins to investigate the motives of village elder Baltus Van Tassel (Michael Gambon), his wife Lady Mary (Miranda Richardson) and his daugher Katrina (Christina Ricci) as well as notary James Hardenbrook (Michael Gough). Yet even Crane cannot imagine the truth behind the continuing beheadings, involving wealth, greed and a desire for one's own head to be returned...

The film, like Batman, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands, is a delight to watch (look for the homages to Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas), but the real success is the mix of comedy, romance between Depp and Ricci's characters and some genuinely spooky special effects, plus a truly demonic horseman played, in flashback, by Christopher Walken

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 1999

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Johnny DeppJohnny Depp...Constable Ichabod Crane
Image for Christina RicciChristina Ricci...Katrina Anne Van Tassel
Image for Miranda RichardsonMiranda Richardson...Lady Mary Van Tassel
Image for Michael GambonMichael Gambon...Baltus Van Tassel
Image for Casper Van DienCasper Van Dien...Brom Van Brunt
Image for Jeffrey JonesJeffrey Jones...Reverend Steenwyck
Image for Christopher LeeChristopher Lee...Burgomaster
Image for Richard GriffithsRichard Griffiths...Magistrate Samuel Philipse
Image for Ian McDiarmidIan McDiarmid...Dr. Thomas Lancaster
Michael Patrick Gough...Notary James Hardenbrook
Marc Pickering...Young Masbath
Lisa Marie...Ichabod's Mother
Steven Waddington...Mr. Killian
Image for Christopher WalkenChristopher Walken...The Hessian Horseman
Image for Claire SkinnerClaire Skinner...Midwife Elizabeth 'Beth' Killian