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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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From the Back Cover

Starring Tony Award® winner Brent Carver and Rachelle Lefevre, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow faithfully recounts the classic Washington Irbing tale, successfully capturing the mystery and romance that have eluded other screen efforts. Connecticut Yankee Ichabod Crane (Carver) arrives in the rural Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow and assumes his post as the new schoolteacher. Though the outsider is widely regarded with suspicion, the daughter of the area's wealthiest farmer, Katrina Van Tassel (Lefevre), is charmed by his manners and education. But Ichabod's attentions to the lovely Katrina are not welcomed by handsome blacksmith Brom Bones (Paul Lemelin), and when Brom tries to scare Ichabod by posing as the "Headless Hosrseman" of local legend, they are paid an unexpected visit - leaving behind a mystery that has enthralled audiences for generations.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brent Carver, Rachelle Lefevre, Vlasta Vrana, Kathleen Fee, Paul Lemelin
  • Directors: Pierre Gang
  • Writers: Joe Wiesenfeld, Washington Irving
  • Producers: Danièle Rohrbach, Michael Prupas, Steven Hewitt
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Digital Sound, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hallmark / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009YXHB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" on IMDb

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I love this movie for how simple, entertaining and close to the original story it is. I am a 6th grade teacher, and for the past two years my class has read the story and watched this movie version. Last year, my kids said that it was much better than the gory Tim Burton one. I am so excited to be able to buy a copy since my taped-from-TV copy is getting worn from use!
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By T. Wilkinson on July 24, 2006
Format: DVD
Sorry, but I strongly disagree with the other reviews here about this version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Tim Burton's version, whilst midly entertaining, is a travesty of an adaption of the original story by Washington Irving. As a historian, I highly recommend this version, given it's faithfulness to the original story, and it's overall authentic portrayal of life in 1790's America. There are a few details that they get wrong, such as Squire Van Tassel's statement that the Battle of Sleepy Hollow was in 1774, a year before the Revolution began, but overall, someone did some research for this version. The costumes, material culture displayed, the portrayal of the Dutch "Yorkers" and their contempt for "Yankees" and taxes -- I would use this in my history class.

In short, if "it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Burton's version is just another historical, inauthentic and inaccurate mess that history teachers, librarians and museum folks have to clean up.

This one is on my shelf, right next to "The Devil and Daniel Webster", another classic of American folklore and literature.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2008
Format: DVD
If there is one good thing about this made-for-TV "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (produced by Canadian company Muse Entertainment and presented by Hallmark Entertainment), it is Brent Carver and his authentic portrayal of Ichabod Crane. From the very first moment when he appears on the deserted hill standing still like a scarecrow, Brent Carver becomes Ichabod Crane, lanky schoolmaster who has just arrived in secluded Sleepy Hollow.

This Muse/Hallmark version is more faithful to Washington Irving's original short story than Tim Burton's Gothic horror adaptation. Probably some viewers would welcome the film's faithfulness while others might complain for the same reason. Though the production designs are convincing and photography is decent, the flat storytelling about the fate of hapless Ichabod and his romance is rather dull, lacking mood and nuance. Scenes of Headless Horseman are acceptable, but not outstanding.

After watching Johnny Depp's performance as Ichabod, you may find the snobbish character of Ichabod a little off-putting at first, but Carver's fine performance and his nice comic touch makes him very human just like the counterpart in Irving's original. I think Katrina Van Tassel by Rachelle Lefevre is just OK, but sadly Paul Lemelin, who plays Brom Bones, is awfully miscast. He just doesn't look like the character from Irving's book and his acting needs much improvement.

You may show this TV version in class (no beheading is included), but students might find it boring. Not a totally bad adaptation, but still uninspired, except Carver's superb performance as Ichabod Crane.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay on October 9, 2008
Format: DVD
I recently watched The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and give it a 5 star rating.

I grew up just North of Tarrytown, NY where Sleepy Hollow is located. In the Fall The Hollow is often shrouded in fog in early mornings and early evenings. The area, which extends along the Hudson River, lends itself to imaginings of ghosts and goblins, which the early Dutch were very good at doing: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, as well as other stories put down in writing by Washington Irving.

I grew up with these stories and look forward to hearing or seeing them again at this time of year. I have also passed the tradition along to my children.

I think I have seen and heard just about every adaptation from Ed Begley's re-telling of the story on tape, reading it from an old printing of the story, and, of course, Disney's cartoon version.

I think this adaptation is the best I have seen. It captures the mysterious and haunting feeling of the region in Fall, the looks, traditions, dress, and speech of the early Dutch settlers, and the story as it was told to Washington Irving.

Tim Burton's movie Sleepy Hollow is a good film for what it is, but it is not an accurate re-telling of the classic.


Maureen Kearney
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Destinee on January 26, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
My husband worked on the NY portion of the film.. and it was far from low budget. It was a beautiful film (I guess that's why it won the Oscar for Set Decoration), well directed and funny (even though I don't think it was always supposed to be funny) It was a pleasure watching the film take form by visiting sets, and it was an incredible finished product.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kir Kanos TN on July 16, 2008
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Unfortunately, I was VERY disappointed with this movie. The movie was EXTREMELY boring and although the character of Ichabod Crane was more in keeping with Washington Irving's story, the movie as a whole lacked any real life (no pun intended). The Disney cartoon was far more entertaining and a lot scarier too. The characterization of Brom Van Brunt is totally innacurate as he is supposed to be a "roughian". The portrayal of this role turned him into an overall nice guy and the actor was too much of a pretty boy to portray Brom Bones anyway. Brom Bones was a lot more likeable than Ichabod in this movie.

In terms of pace and suspense, this is at the opposite spectrum of Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. Although I think Tim Burton totally Burtonized Sleepy Hollow completely and went to the extreme, at least "Sleepy Hollow" kept the audience's attention. I agree that it had way too much gore and Burton also rewrote the entire mythology (Blasphemy). The soundtrack for this movie was absolutely AWFUL too. Danny Elfman's Sleepy Hollow score (I recommend it) was an absolute masterpiece compared to this. Also, in this movie the Headless Horseman shows up for all about 1 minute and does NOTHING except scare Ichabod as he tries to put a pumpkin where his head should be and then vanishes... YAAAAAAWN

The historical accuracy of this movie was flawed too and unfortunately the writers felt the need to change the history of the Battle of White Plains (which they renamed also) and said that not only did the Colonials drive the British away, but the Headless Horseman helped them do it in exchange for a bag of gold coins.
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