Sliver: The Unreleased Director's Cut of Sharon Stone's Erotic Thriller
Sliver is a 1993 erotic thriller starring Sharon Stone, William Baldwin and Tom Berenger, based on the novel by Ira Levin. The film follows a young woman who moves into a luxury apartment building in New York, where she becomes involved with two of her neighbors and discovers that someone has installed surveillance cameras in every room.
The film was a commercial success, grossing over $116 million worldwide, but received mostly negative reviews from critics, who criticized its plot, characters and dialogue. The film also faced controversy for its explicit sex scenes and violence, which were heavily edited by the studio to avoid an NC-17 rating.
However, there is another version of Sliver that has never been officially released: the director's cut, which runs about 19 minutes longer than the theatrical version and features an alternate opening, additional scenes and a different ending. This version was leaked online as a workprint[^2^], a rough copy of the film used during the editing process.
The workprint reveals some of the original intentions of director Phillip Noyce and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who had a creative clash with producer Robert Evans and the studio over the final cut of the film. The workprint shows a darker and more complex story, with more character development, suspense and twists. It also restores some of the graphic sex scenes and violence that were cut or toned down for the theatrical release.
Some of the differences between the workprint and the theatrical version are:
The workprint begins with a scene of Carly (Stone) leaving her abusive husband in a taxi, while he chases after her. The theatrical version starts with Carly arriving at her new apartment.
The workprint has more scenes of Carly's job as a book editor, including her meeting with author Jack Lansford (Berenger), who flirts with her and gives her his latest manuscript.
The workprint has more scenes of Carly's friendship with Vida (Polly Walker), another resident of the building, who introduces her to Zeke (Baldwin), the owner of the building and Carly's love interest.
The workprint has more scenes of Zeke's obsession with Carly and his voyeurism, including him watching her masturbate in her bathtub and spying on her conversations with Jack.
The workprint has more scenes of Carly's suspicion of Zeke and Jack, who both have secrets and motives related to the murders that have occurred in the building.
The workprint has a different ending, where Carly discovers that Zeke is not the killer, but Jack is. Jack tries to kill Carly in her apartment, but Zeke arrives and saves her. Carly then decides to leave Zeke and the building for good.
The director's cut of Sliver is a rare example of a workprint that offers a significantly different vision of a film than the one that was released in theaters. It is also a testament to the artistic struggle that sometimes occurs between filmmakers and studios over creative control. Whether one prefers the workprint or the theatrical version, Sliver remains an intriguing and controversial film in Sharon Stone's career. a474f39169