Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.


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5 November 2007 | ma-cortes
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| Stunning version of Washington Irving novel with particular Tim Burton style
Enjoyable version about known Washington Irving's novel, titled ¨The legend of Sleepy Hollow¨. It concerns on Ichabod Crane(excellently personified by Johnny Depp). He's a N.Y. constable assigned to investigate brutal murders in a little town named Sleepy Hollow. Crane is housed by Balthus Van Tassel(Michael Gambon), whose beautiful daughter(Christina Ricci) falls in love for him. At the beginning Crane denies to believe that a rider without head committing the grisly killings, but he's early convinced when seeing the graphic evidence of his own hands. Meanwhile, wealthy authorities and rich proprietaries (Richard Griffiths,Ian McDiarmid,Michael Gough,Michael Gambon) from village reunite to planning and defending against the amazing beheaded creature.Finally, all it leads to an unexpected twist and breakthrough ending on what's happened before.

This is an agreeable and effective film, still has shock value from grisly killings .It's proceeded with a Burton style and containing colorful images and wonderful dreams with Burtonized narrative. The movie is plenty on suspense, thriller, grisly terror and sensationalistic set pieces horror when the decapitations take place. Wide use of gore and now famous decapitation , for those who like this kind of things. Casting frankly extraordinary with several famous actors and exceptional secondary cast and special cameos by Martin Landau and Christopher Lee .Glimmer cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and sensational musical score by Danny Elffman, both are Burton's usual. The film is lavishly produced by Francis Ford Coppola-Zeotrope studios- and Kevin Yagher-famous makeup expert- .The motion picture is marvellously directed with visual style and fair-play by the great Tim Burton. Rating : Magnificent flick and better than average.

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The windmill was a sixty-foot-tall forced-perspective exterior (visible to highway travellers several miles away), a base and rooftop set, and a one-fourth scale miniature. The interior of the mill, which was about thirty feet high and twenty-five feet wide, featured wooden gears equipped with mechanisms for grinding flour. A wider view of the windmill was rendered on a Leavesden soundstage set with a one-fourth scale windmill, complete with rotating vanes, painted sky backdrop, and visual effects fire. "It was scary for the actors who were having burning wood explode at them", Production Designer Rick Heinrichs recalled. "There were controls in place, and people standing by with hoses, of course, but there's always a chance of something going wrong." For the final shot of the burning mill exploding, the one-fourth scale windmill and painted backdrop were erected against the outside wall of the "flight shed", a spacious hangar on the far side of Leavesden Studios. The hangar's interior walls were knocked down to create a four hundred fifty foot run, with a forty foot width still allowing for coach and cameras. Heinrichs tailored the sets so cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki could shoot from above without seeing the end of the stage.


Quotes

Ichabod Crane: You believe the father killed her?
Samuel Philipse: The Horseman killed her.
Ichabod Crane: How often do I have to tell you? There is no Horseman, never was a Horseman, and never will be a Horseman.
Ichabod Crane: What is that thing?
Samuel Philipse: It's my talisman. It protects me from the Horseman.


Goofs

When Crane is headed out of New York City to Sleepy Hollow, his carriage is shown traveling on the left river bank. Crane would have to cross over to New Jersey to be on the left river bank (Western side) which he would not have done since he would have to make a major crossing to get back to the East side of the river, where Sleepy Hollow is located. Anyone traveling from NYC to Sleepy Hollow would be on the right side of the Hudson River if going North.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits - shown over Ichabod's travel to Sleepy Hollow - interact with the landscape: if Ichabod's coach is near a river, the words are reflected on the surface of the water; if he's in a forest the letters drift away like dead leaves, and so on.


Alternate Versions

To get a "Not under 12" rating the German version was cut for violence. The uncut version was released on video/DVD and is rated "Not under 16".


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The Swallow/The Colly Flower
Performed and arranged by Hesperus
Courtesy of Maggie's Music, Inc.

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Fantasy | Horror | Mystery

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