Sleepy Hollow script
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Synopsis: Ichabod Crane awakes from the throes of death 250 years in the future where he must solve a mystery dating back to the founding fathers. Due to a blood spell cast on a battlefield during the Revolution, the infamous headless horseman is revived along with Crane, and the murderous rider embarks on a bloody rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod realizes that he must act quickly, for the headless horseman is only the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Detective Abbie Mills, a woman familiar with supernatural experiences, forms a bond with Crane as they try to stop an increasingly vicious cycle of evil.


Our first night watch is adequate

against fire and some violence,

but if we were more often able to

ensure justice, after the fact,

then criminals would truly have

something to fear from law



Have they nothing to fear presently?


Without disrespect, look around you.

(motioning to cells)

We overflow. As do our courts.


And, with disrespect, Constable,

if jails and courts overflow, it is

testimony to success, not failure.


But, how many innocents rot here?

And, how many victims are buried

without reprisal while guilty men

roam our streets?

The High Constable reaches a desk, taking a seat. Guards

wait to process beaten, bloody prisoners.


Very few, if any.


Even though I have seen confessions

pried from the lips of the accused,

often quite literally?


For one who calls himself a

Federalist, your mouth reeks of

Republican liberalism.


Not Liberalism. Equanimity.


(to High Constable)

Um, sir... might I suggest...

The Magistrate WHISPERS in the High Constable's ear. Ichabod

notices with worry that Constables One and Two wheel the

corpse onwards into another room.

The Magistrate finishes. The High Constable smiles faintly.


(to Ichabod)

There is a farming community

upstate, Constable... ten days

journey north in the Hudson

Highlands. It is named Sleepy

Hollow. Within a fortnight, three

persons have been murdered there.

Each with their head lopped cleanly


(holds up papers)

The elders of the Hollow have sent

dispatches to me, requesting

assistance, and now, just this very

moment, I have chosen you.


Chosen me?

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Andrew Kevin Walker

Andrew Kevin Walker (born August 14, 1964) is an American BAFTA-nominated screenwriter. He is known for having written Seven (1995), for which he earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as several other films, including 8mm (1999), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and many uncredited script rewrites. more…

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