A woman moves into an exclusive New York City apartment building, which she soon discovers houses tenants with all manner of shocking secrets.


Phillip Noyce


Ira Levin (novel), Joe Eszterhas (screenplay)
3,500 ( 281)
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





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)


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 neighbor dies. Could Norris be next? Written by Nick Riganas

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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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Did You Know?


Near the beginning of the movie when Carly (Sharon Stone) is at the publishing company where she works, she suggests to Jody (Colleen Camp) that, instead of tickets to Pavarotti, Jody get tickets to Pearl Jam. When Sharon Stone hosted SNL in 1992, Pearl Jam were the musical guest. See more »


When Carly and Jack wrestle for the revolver, his hand is holding the body of the revolver and the cylinder when he is shot. The hammer cannot be pulled back, and the trigger cannot be pulled, if the cylinder of a revolver is locked in place. It cannot be fired. See more »


[last lines]
Carly Norris: [to Zeke, contemptuously] Get a life.
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Alternate Versions

European version features approx. four minutes of sex footage not present in R-rated US release (total running time 108 minutes) The longer version is available in the US as an unrated video. See more »


Spoofed in Weird Science: Wicked Wish (1998) See more »


Slave to the Vibe
Performed by Aftershock
Written by V. Jeffrey Smith, Peter Lord Moreland & Guy C. Routte
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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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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Release Date:

21 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sliver See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,138,283, 23 May 1993

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (as Dolby Stereo SR)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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