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Sliver (1993)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 21 May 1993 (USA)
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A woman moves into an exclusive New York City apartment building, which she soon discovers houses tenants with all manner of shocking secrets.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), Joe Eszterhas (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Stone ... Carly Norris
William Baldwin ... Zeke Hawkins
Tom Berenger ... Jack Landsford
Polly Walker ... Vida Warren
Colleen Camp ... Judy Marks
Amanda Foreman ... Samantha Moore
Martin Landau ... Alex Parsons
CCH Pounder ... Lt. Victoria Hendrix
Nina Foch ... Evelyn McEvoy
Keene Curtis ... Gus Hale
Nicholas Pryor ... Peter Farrell
Anne Betancourt ... Jackie Kinsella
Tony Peck ... Martin Kinsella
Frantz Turner ... Doorman #1
Melvyn Kinder Melvyn Kinder ... Dr. Palme (as Dr. Melvyn Kinder)
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Storyline

In a daring attempt to start afresh after a dead-end marriage, the successful book editor, Carly Norris, moves into her elegant new apartment on the twentieth floor of a high-tech Manhattan apartment building. Unbeknownst to her that the luxurious "sliver" building comes with a terrible history of unsolved grisly murders, Carly catches the eye of both the burned-out crime novelist, Jack Landsford, and the shyly charming video-game designer, Zeke Hawkins. However, as a mysterious voyeur watches the tenants' every move, yet another female neighbour dies. Could Norris be next? Written by Nick Riganas

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You like to watch... don't you

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sliver See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,138,283, 23 May 1993

Gross USA:

$36,300,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$116,300,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (as Dolby Stereo SR)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

United International Pictures (UIP) were planning on releasing the US theatrical version in Australia and submitted the film to the censors. That version received an MA15+ rating. Posters were printed along with other advertising materials. However, sensing Stone's new found popularity, UIP decided to release the unrated version to Australian cinemas, which when classified by the censors, was rated R18+. All existing posters (1-sheets, etc) carried the MA 15+ rating. UIP issued R18+ stickers to theaters, who promptly covered the old rating before the picture's release. See more »

Goofs

In the dinner party scene, Jack Landsford, played by Tom Berenger, arrives at the party with slightly shorter hair than when he leaves. When he enters, his hair is trimmed tighter to his head, while when he leaves, his hair is definitely a tad longer on the sides, back, and bangs, enough to notice that this much hair would not grow in a matter of hours. This scene likely had a re-shoot. See more »

Quotes

Carly Norris: You like to watch, watch this!
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Alternate Versions

The US R-rated version was originally going to screen in Australian cinemas with an MA rating, but this was changed and the unrated version was shown instead with an R rating. The unrated version was also released on VHS. See more »

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Zloczow Square
Written and performed by Christopher Young
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A Brilliant Thriller...
17 August 2004 | by JamesWestportSee all my reviews

I hate when people bash this film, for it has been and probably always will be my favorite movie of all time. A thoroughly constructed and mastered plot line, beautiful cinematography, a delicious soundtrack from hot 90s various artists such as Enigma, a sultry and subtle power score by Howard Shore and Christopher Young, and the greatest actress who ever lived: Sharon Stone. Sharon Stone is at her best as Carly Norris. William Baldwin is weak, but I guess passable. Tom Berenger is fantastically entertaining. Polly Walker is a joy. Martin Landau, in a small role, is a nice surprise. People for years have told me that this film is torrid and boring, weak and heavy handled, and so on and so on. I disagree. It's perfect, and I hardly think movies are perfect they can always have a little something more, or a little something less. When people say like most of you people on these message boards that the ending is no surprise or weak or arbitrary, you have NOT been watching closely.

What makes you think that Tom Berenger's character is the only murderer about?

I suggest you all look CLOSELY, very CLOSELY at the clues Phillip Noyce and Joe Ezsterhas have laid out for you. If you just take the ending for what it is, you're wrong and need to review the film to understand everything that's been going on, before your eyes and in the unseen. See, there are people in places who can know a very great deal if they choose, and also people who choose to make sure that no one knows a good deal about anything...

So I dare you, watch the film again and find a new ending all on your own.


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