Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American period horror film directed by Tim Burton. Based on the Washington Irving story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the film stars Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Sir Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, Richard Griffiths and Christopher Walken. The story centers on police constable Ichabod Crane sent from New York City to investigate a series of murders in the village Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman. The style and themes of the story take inspirations from the late Hammer Film Productions.
Sleepy Hollow had been in development since 1994 and was originally intended to be directed by Kevin Yagher. The film labored into development far enough for Burton, who had unsuccessfully worked on Superman Lives, to direct. The majority of the filming took place in England where the crew built an entire soundstage. Sleepy Hollow was released to box office success and critical acclaim, grossing roughly $207 million worldwide.
The film opens with the signing and sealing of a testament. Next, Old van Garrett, a landlord from Sleepy Hollow, is pursued and beheaded by a mysterious person.
In 1799, New York City police constable Ichabod Crane is trying to convince people to use scientific methods instead of torture to convict people, in the spirit of a dawning new century. Finally, a judge lets him test out his theories in Sleepy Hollow, a small town which has suffered three murders in two weeks. The victims have all been decapitated. Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow, which is guarded and suspicious toward strangers. As he walks inside the Van Tassel's manor, he interrupts a game where blindfolded Katrina, the Van Tassel daughter, picks someone to kiss. She picks Ichabod and tries to guess who he is. Ichabod tells her he is just a stranger, and she gives him a kiss on the cheek to welcome him, making her fiancee Brom jealous.
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