Sleepy Hollow

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(out of 5)


Deliciously gothic fun from Tim Burton that rivals any of the neo-realized classic horror-story films (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) made up until this point.  is wonderful as America’s first forensics expert Ichabod Crane, sent up from New York City to the tiny hamlet of Sleepy Hollow to investigate mysterious beheadings.  is the love interest who helps Crane figure out the mystery of what is going on; everyone seems to think it involves witchcraft, but Crane is convinced that it’s murder, plain and simple. Ricci does very well with the material, and looks quite ravishing, but it’s obvious that she’s much too interesting for this role, while  is much better showcased as Ricci’s duplicitous stepmother. The art direction is the most beautifully done work of the year, and Colleen Atwood’s costume designs are probably her best work to date.


Paramount Pictures, Mandalay Pictures, American Zoetrope, Karol Film Productions

USA/Germany1999

Directed by

Screen story by , , Screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker, based on the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1999

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