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Sleepy Hollow (Movie)

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Johnny Depp, Sleepy Hollow

The new Sleepy Hollow DVD (1999, Paramount, 105 mins., R, $29.99) came galloping into stores last week with a few frighteningly cool special features. It’s always a privilege to be let inside Tim Burton’s complicated mind, which is why the director’s commentary is so compelling. Burton details the struggles, both technical and personal, of making a horror movie as elaborate as this. ”Sometimes we felt like we were making a really bad Merchant Ivory film,” he admits.

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The Ichabod Crane of Washington Irving’s story ”The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is haunted by his imagination and harassed (most likely) by a rival in beheaded getup. Sleepy Hollow infuses this slip of Halloween folklore with witchcraft, bloodlust, and Freudian fantasy. Here, Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is an investigator dispatched to an upstate New York hamlet menaced by a headless Hessian horseman. Allied with a cherubic and precocious local girl (Christina Ricci), he snoops about. But the undistinguished plot is beside the point.

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Johnny Depp, Sleepy Hollow

The Ichabod Crane of Washington Irving’s story ”The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is haunted by his imagination and harassed (most likely) by a rival in beheaded getup. Sleepy Hollow infuses this slip of Halloween folklore with witchcraft, bloodlust, and Freudian fantasy. Here, Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is an investigator dispatched to an upstate New York hamlet menaced by a headless Hessian horseman. Allied with a cherubic and precocious local girl (Christina Ricci), he snoops about. But the undistinguished plot is beside the point.

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The biggest film hits of the year

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Keanu Reeves

The new year is a time for resolutions, which for Hollywood studios means resolving to deliver the stars, special effects, and tearjerker plots that will win the year 2000 box office wars. Looking back at 1999’s top 25 movies, Disney has the most to be thankful for, having taken in $764.9 million (or 21.3 percent of the top 25’s total grosses) thanks mostly to two films, ”The Sixth Sense” ($276.9 million) and ”Toy Story 2” ($219.7 million), No. 2 and 3 in grosses, respectively. Courtesy of megahit “The Matrix” (No. 5) and four other hits, Warner Bros.

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Mail: Johnny Depp

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Mail: Johnny Depp

The Holiday Movie Preview (#513, Nov. 19) was full of good tidings, not least of which was the happy couple on the cover. ”You pulled off the impossible,” said Paul Rosen of Lawrenceville, N.J. ”You got both Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci to smile for a picture—at the same time!” Jonathon P. Hageali of Ypsilanti, Mich., was all smiles himself when he wrote in: ”Rarely are the big names of Hollywood portrayed in such an honest form.” Alas, not all readers were so content.

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Tim Burton's 'Sleepy Hollow' Victory

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If the celebs at the Nov. 17 L.A. premiere of Sleepy Hollow weren’t unnerved by the film’s decapitated rider or Johnny Depp’s twee accent, Paramount made sure the soiree afterward did the trick. ”It looks creepy,” Hollow star Christina Ricci said of Paramour Mansion, a cavernous ex-monastery reputed to be haunted. ”I wouldn’t want to be here alone.” Costars Depp and Casper Van Dien safely populated the bash (but so did rockers Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie).

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Tim Burton defends ''Sleepy Hollow'''s violence

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Tim Burton

A $62 million box office take in just two weeks proves that much of America is finding holiday joy in ”Sleepy Hollow”’s R-rated beheadings and bloodshed. But some media watchers say that director Tim Burton may have gone too far to land an audience. ”A question I would ask is, What’s the purpose of exaggerating the gore?” says Dr. David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family. ”’The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ is a scary story in and of itself, and has stood the test of generations.

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At first, we hear the violent thunder of galloping hooves. Emerging from the midnight woods is a stallion, on top of which sits a tall, ramrod-erect phantom nearly as dark as the shadows around it. The horse rears back, and the nightmare soldier, now towering over everyone in his midst, holds his sword proudly aloft, his cape whipping in the wind. The cloak covers a pair of squared-off shoulders, and set atop that hulking frame is…nothing.

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James Bond conquers the box office with the best 007 opening ever

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A new action star took over this weekend at the box office, and he was a lot more debonair than that ”Pokémon” fella. James Bond blew away audiences with ”The World Is Not Enough,” which took in a stirring $37.2 million, by MGM’s estimation. This enormous sum was the highest Bond debut ever, not to mention the best opening in MGM’s history. And assuming the studio’s numbers prove accurate, this would rank ”World” as the 19th-highest opening weekend in movie history.

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Sleepy Hollow: A Head of its Time

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Hey, can I get some blood over here!”

As Tim Burton hollers for fresh gore to smear on Johnny Depp, he rocks back and forth in his director’s chair like a giddy teenager hopped up on sugar. A demented grin spreads across his face, and a thought occurs: Is it some kind of career goal for Burton to make Depp look as ugly as humanly possible?

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