Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson
Plot: Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
Star Johnny Depp adopted Goldeneye, the horse that played Gunpowder, Ichabod Crane's horse in the film, when he heard it was going to be put down.
Johnny Depp did all of his own stunts for the final scene where he is dragged by the horse - he had bullet-proof clothing underneath his wardrobe.
Historically, Ichabod Crane was a very unattractive man. Johnny Depp offered to add prosthetics to his face to make himself look ugly, but Tim Burton wanted to base the character on Crane's more unattractive personality traits - his reported squeamishness and eccentricity.
Tim Burton and the crew of the movie built the small town Sleepy Hollow complete with rooms, floors, and stairs. The town was dismantled after filming was completed.
Director Tim Burton included scenes in homage to Disney's animated version of the Sleepy Hollow tale (featured in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)). These include the scene in which Ichabod Crane crosses the covered bridge and hears the frogs underneath croaking "Ichabod" and "Headless Horseman," the following chase sequence where Ichabod is run down and unhorsed, apparently by the Horseman, and the moment in the climactic chase scene in which Ichabod runs into a tree limb, and, thrown through the air, ends up landing on the Horseman's horse backwards.
Christopher Walken's character speaks no words throughout the film. He makes a few wordless shouted commands to his horse and shhhh admonishments to witnesses.
The film was almost entirely shot with a blue filter so for the blood to appear red the liquid used had to be bright orange.
Johnny Depp initially found the idea of Christina Ricci being his love interest in the film to be rather odd, seeing as he's known her since she was nine years old.
(at around 57 mins) At the start of filming the three-way axe battle with Ray Park, Johnny Depp, and Casper Van Dien, Van Dien broke the index finger of his left hand. Although it was extremely painful, he carried on without telling anyone as he didn't want his part cut short.
The Western Wood was built on a sound stage, so everything, including the weather and light, could be controlled.
Brom Bones' prank attack on Ichabod follows the actual attack in the book faithfully.
Winona Ryder was offered the role of Katrina Van Tassel, but turned it down.
Marlon Brando was sought as The Headless Horseman.
Tim Burton claims the windmill scene was a reference to Frankenstein (1931)
It was only after being cast as the Headless Horseman that Christopher Walken admitted to Tim Burton that he actually did not know how to ride a horse.
he scarecrow when Peter Van Garrett gets his head cut off by the headless horseman is the opening pumpkin/scarecrow from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
The dress worn by Katrina Anne Van Tassel (Christina Ricci) in the last shot of the movie has the same pattern as Michael Keaton's outfit in the climactic scene of Beetlejuice (1988) also directed by Tim Burton.
Christopher Walken often talked about Sleepy Hollow as his first movie with a kissing scene. This is incorrect as he already had some in The Deer Hunter (1978), The Dead Zone (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985).