The Movie : Summary

In 1799, young constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent from New York City to the fledgling settlement of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of ghoulish murders.

On his arrival, the town council informs him that the three victims were killed in open ground, and the heads had disappeared, taken by a headless ghost that is supposedly responsible. Ichabod is unconvinced of this, but learns more about the ghostly horseman: it is the ghost of a Hessian, sent by the British during the Revolutionary War; he was decapitated with his own sword. When Ichabod sees the ghost kill one of the town council members, his skepticism evaporates, he soon discovers that the horseman's ghost has an unholy connection to Baltus Van Tassel, a wealthy farmer, and whose daughter Katrina (Christina Ricci) Ichabod is falling in love with.

As the film goes on it is revealed that the horseman is being controlled and was forced to commit the murders. Ichabod is convinced it is Katrina's work, and he is also convinced that she is trying to curse him. However, the supposedly murdered step mother of Katrina actually stole the horseman's head and is using it to control him. The step mother summons the horseman to get her revenge upon the landlords who kicked her family out, and she later summons him again to gain an inheritence.

Ichabod rescues Katrina and returns the head to the horseman. After regaining his head, the head is restored from its rotten state. The horseman then takes the step mother to hell. Icabod, Katrina and Young Masbath (whose father was killed by the horseman and helped Ichabod) return to New York and live supposedly happily ever after, in a more advanced New York.

Source : Wikipedia.Org