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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.

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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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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (as Dolby Stereo SR)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book 'Last Night At The Viper Room' River Phoenix turned down the role of Zeke Hawkins. See more »

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In the opening sequence, during the fall from the balcony, a cable or wire is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Carly Norris: It's like playing God.
Zeke Hawkins: We'll do only good things.
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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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Written by Fernando Echavarría
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Shallow pulpy romance/suspense/mystery
3 November 2006 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Decent acting doesn't salvage this poorly scripted, over-sexed, story of a 30-something woman (Stone) who seems to make all of the worse possible choices in places to live and boyfriends. "Sliver" is the beautiful but apparently haunted (or at least dangerous) apartment building she moves into on the rebound from a lengthy failed relationship. Vulnerable, Stone is almost immediately courted by her new neighbors - Berenger and Baldwin. Inexplicably, she doesn't even consider moving when she learns that several unresolved murders, suicides or accidental deaths have occurred in the building, including the former occupant of her own room who looked just like her. Both of her suitors are creepy and seem about as trustworthy as politicians, and it appears likely that at least one of them has committed some terrible crimes.

This film must have made a better grade b mystery/suspense novel than a movie. Not having read the book, I can only guess based on my experience with the pulp mystery genre that the film follows its plot closely. All of the main characters seem to be either sex addicts, perverts or impotent men, and this provides an opening for too many boring and unnecessary sex scenes. I suppose these were meant to fill in the gaps left by the vacuous plot and the uninspired script.

In terms of mystery, Sliver's central plot succeeds, as it does (somewhat but not completely) keep you guessing right up to the end. However, the plot would have made a much better 30 minute or hour-long episode of a TV detective show (minus the sex). Sliver is overloaded with baggage and filler - too many sex scenes, a little too much character development (especially considering how shallow, irrational and absurd most of the characters are) and not enough psychological realism.

Overall, I found the film slightly entertaining, but a little difficult to get all the way through.


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