Creepy sex, drugs, murder: Is this what really goes on in a luxury apartment building? EW checked out the Manhattan location where Sliver was shot to get the lowdown about its high rise.
Standing tall and slim on a narrow lot (thus the architectural term ”sliver”), Morgan Court is a stark, 32-floor structure built in the early 1980s on the site of an old carriage house. The Madison Avenue building was spotted by one of the film’s location managers as she jogged down the street, and it became producer Robert Evans’ only choice. One of its advantages was the 24th-floor duplex with wraparound windows that posed, in some scenes, as Sharon Stone’s pad. It rents for $5,200 a month-two or three times what a book editor like Stone’s character could probably afford.
Unlike in the movie, there’s no 13th floor (site of the voyeur’s secret hideaway) and no laundry room, where one character gets trapped (each apartment has its own washer and dryer). The filmmakers did make use of the building’s actual garden but passed up the plain, beige lobby for a more high- tech-looking Los Angeles set.
Similarly, the actual residents of Morgan Court — mostly business executives — keep a lower profile than the movie’s flashy, gossipy tenants. The building’s managing agent, Ann Gregory, concedes that Hollywood’s version of Manhattan domestic life is a bit exaggerated but adds philosophically, ”every building has its secrets.”
Which brings us to the voyeuristic heart of the matter: Morgan Court’s surveillance system, positively low-tech compared with Sliver‘s 50-screen extravaganza. Four small TVs in the lobby monitor the entrance and elevators. One morning’s highlights: a woman leaving and reentering the lobby with a large dog, another woman entering, and the top of a man’s head in an elevator. Not quite the stuff erotic thrillers are made of. But that’s life.