Sliver (film)

Sliver is a 1993 film based on the Ira Levin novel Sliver about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York highrise apartment building. Phillip Noyce directed the film, from a screenplay by Joe Eszterhas. Because of a major battle with the MPAA (which originally gave the film an NC-17 rating), the filmmakers were forced to make extensive reshoots before release.

According to the movie, the tall and narrow sliver building is located at 113 East 38th Street in Manhattan, placing it at 38th Street and Park Avenue. The actual building used in the film is known as Morgan Court, located at 211 Madison Avenue New York, one block west and two blocks south of the fictional address. It was built in the 1980s and has 32 floors. While the movie made use of the building's courtyard, the lobby was a Los Angeles film set.


Phillip Noyce's film version (1993, screenplay by Joe Eszterhas, who also wrote Basic Instinct) deviates considerably from the plot of the book. The film starred Sharon Stone and William Baldwin. The movie takes rather a simplistic stance on voyeurism, suggesting that wanting to secretly observe people and thus invading their privacy is part of human nature. Levin's novel, on the other hand, tries to draw a line between man's innate curiosity and pathological and compulsive behaviour patterns.

MPAA Ratings issues

According to a Showtime special about the film prior to the late-night premier showing of the original NC-17 version, the debate over the NC-17 vs R rating was linked solely to the display of male frontal nudity. However, when Paramount released the unrated version to video there was no male frontal nudity included, though the sex scenes were considerably more graphic.

DVD Releases

In March 2006, to coincide with the theatrical release of Sharon Stone's Basic Instinct sequel, Sliver was released on DVD as an unrated edition (the original NC-17 version). There are no special features and although the film was presented theatrically in the 2.35 aspect ratio, the DVD features a matted, 2.10 aspect ratio transfer. The release also contained what some reviewers have noted as an unusual amount of dirt and scratches for a film print that is only a little over a dozen years old, though the casual viewer is unlikely to detect anything errant. In May 2006 an R-rated for-rent-only version was released to rental outlets.


The film was heavily panned by critics and scores only 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was nominated for 7 Razzies including worst picture, director (Noyce), actress (Stone) and actor (Baldwin).

See also


  • The film was referenced in The Simpsons episode Burns' Heir, as Mr. Burns has cameras in everyone's home in Springfield, and he claims, "I got the idea from that movie 'Sliver', what a delightful romp!"
  • The film is referenced in rapper Nas' song "Take It In Blood" from his album It Was Written - "I told the judge snakes Sliver like Sharon Stone, but like Capone I'm thrown"


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