New York Film Locations

Sliver at 25

5 November 2018

The New York based movie, "Sliver" celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Released to cinemas in 1993, the erotic thriller was based on the Ira Levin novel of the same name about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York high-rise sliver building. Phillip Noyce directed the film, from a screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.

Film Poster for Sliver

Sharon Stone played Carly Norris, a book editor and divorcee, who decided to move into an exclusive New York City sliver building "113". At the time, Stone was reaping the rewards of Basic Instinct, which had literally catapulted her onto the Hollywood A-List with her portrayal of the mysterious Catherine Tramell, a beautiful crime novelist who became the lead suspect when she was linked to the brutal death of a rock star. Her character was somewhat different in Sliver and was far more self-conscious and vulnerable.

Sharon Stone as Carly Norris

Sharon Stone and William Baldwin in Sliver

Sharon Stone and William Baldwin in Sliver

Upon moving into the tower block on Madison Avenue, Sharon Stone's character Carly meets other tenants including Zeke, a video game designer played by William Baldwin, novelist Jack played by Tom Berenger, fashion model Vida played by Polly Walker who moonlights as a call girl, and Gus played by Keene Curtis, a professor of videography at New York University, all of which tell her that she has a striking resemblance to the previous tenant of her apartment, Naomi Singer, who had fallen to her death from her balcony.

Sharon Stone and Tom Berenger on the set of Sliver

Sharon Stone in Sliver

Sharon Stone and Tom Berenger in Sliver

Since 1993, Sharon Stone has appeared in several big budget films as well as indies, though has never quite matched the same success of Basic Instinct. After Sliver, William Baldwin tried his hand at more erotic thrillers and starred alongside supermodel Cindy Crawford in "Fair Game" and Nastassia Kinski in "Say Nothing". More recently, Baldwin has switched to television and appeared in "Hawaii Five-O", "Gossip Girl", "Too Old to Die Young", and "Northern Rescue". Tom Berenger continues to grace the big screen with his presents with mildly successful performances in "Major League 2", "Inception" and "Bad Country". He has also appeared in television shows such as "Major Crimes", "XIII: The Series" and "Hatfields & McCoys". After "Sliver", English actress Polly Walker went onto star in the films such as "Restoration", "The Gambler" and "Savage Messiah". In 2006, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role in the drama series "Rome". Other television shows have included "Cane", "Caprica", "Prisoners Wives", "Warehouse 13", "Mr Selfridge", "The Syndicate", "Line of Duty", "Paranoid" and "Age Before Beauty".

Polly Walker as Vida

The Morgan Court was the Manhattan high-rise that was featured in "Sliver" and is situated at 211 Madison Avenue in the vibrant neighbourhood of Murray Hill, though the film gave reference to it being located at 113 East 38th Street, placing it at 38th Street and Park Avenue. The red brick building has 32 floors, 40 units, a 24 hour doorman, a pool, a courtyard, and storage. The size of the apartments ranges from 1000 to 4400 square feet.

The Morgan Court

There are amazing views from the quite spacious apartments, some of which are 1/2 floor apartments and some that are full floor homes. As of 2002 the sponsor still owned about half of the units in the building, but now seems to be liquidating those units. With such large apartments at The Morgan Court condominium, many of the owners feel like they live in a townhouse with spectacular views, and all the amenities of a full service luxury condominium.


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