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Gia (1998)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  31 January 1998 (USA)
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The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death from AIDS at age 26.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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T.J.
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Stephanie - Model
Louis Giambalvo ...
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Bruce Cooper
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Mike Mansfield
Edmund Genest ...
Francesco (as Edmond Genest)
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Holly Baker ...
Emergency Room Nurse
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Disco Doorman Tony
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Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
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Hood #2
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Hood #3 (as Julio Dolce Vita)
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Storyline

When Gia Carangi first arrives in New York City, she's a beautiful drop-out from Philadelphia brashly bursting through the closed doors of top modeling agent Wilhelmina Cooper. Gia's electrifying personality and potent sexuality soon find their way onto the covers of America's top-selling magazines. But being loved by the world isn't the same as being love by one - an unfulfilled desire that can take Gia dangerous places. And for a beautiful woman, one slip could lead to an untimely and terrifying downfall. Written by HBO Home Video

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model | death | fashion | modeling | aids | See All (88) »

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Everyone saw the beauty, no one saw the pain. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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NC-17 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anatomie d'un top model  »

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In August 2014, Mr. Skin placed Angelina Jolie's nudity from the movie at #3 on their list of "The Top 150 Greatest Celebrity Nude Scenes of All Time". See more »

Goofs

When T.J. is at the hospital to see Gia, he gets upset and slams a chair down about 3 or 4 times before putting the chair back. When he lets go of the chair, it comes to rest in such a way that you can tell that at least one of the back legs of the chair is broke. The camera cuts away to Gia and when it cuts back to T.J., the chair is back to normal height and position against the wall under the window, just like it was before he smashed it. See more »

Quotes

Gia Carangi: Honey, what is it? It it about today? I did one line. One lousy line, and that's it.
Linda: What about yesterday? And the day before, and the day before that?
Gia Carangi: Nothing.
Linda: I don't believe you.
[Gia moves to kiss Linda, who turns away]
Gia Carangi: Oh, is that it? Your're just jealous! You're just jealous because you don't want anyone to know about us! You don't want it to get around that you and me... you are with a model! You don't want it to be known that you're fucking a model! Go ahead and say it, I'm fucking a ...
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Crazy Credits

Closing disclaimer: This film is a dramatization based on certain facts. Some of the names have been changed and some of the events and characters have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. See more »

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Lose Control
Written by Brad Hatfield and Crit Harmon
Performed by Melanie Wilson
Courtesy of Barbara L. Jordan/Heavy Hitters
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Unforgettable
15 August 1999 | by (Morro Bay, Hammett Valley, Twin Rocks) – See all my reviews

This movie turned out to be a very unexpected favorite of mine. Angelina Jolie stars as the late Gia Marie Carangi, an Italian American woman who rose from a humble Philidephian beginning to worldwide fame as the first known "supermodel", and whose short-lived career spanned from the late seventies to the early to mid eighties. Jolie is super-impressive as she portrays the highs and lows of Gia's fame: strutting through a crowd of admirers, the look on her face saying, "I'm GIA, and you're nobody!"; endulging in glamour drug of the moment, cocaine; fiercely proclaiming her love for Linda (Elizabeth Mitchell), right in front of Linda's boyfriend; tearfully begging her visiting mother (Mercedes Ruehl) to stay with her, then hurling obscenities at her while throwing her baggage out of the apartment; and quietly and gracefully accepting the most tragic news about her health, just as she's finally getting her life on track. This movie deals very frankly with Gia's sexuality and there is some nudity and scenes of sexuality, but looking past the sex and the drugs and the tough exterior she displayed (especially when someone took her knife away from her), you see a very lost, fragile person. Gia is almost childlike in her disillusionment about the fashion industry, and you feel it in the way she fantasizes about a "normal" life with children, the way she feels like people regard her as a "piece of meat" with no brains, and the way she is so truly hurt by a fellow model calling her hateful names in a jealous rage. I think this movie is something that should be seen by people of all ages, regardless of its sexual content, because it carries a strong anti-drug message as well as a touching story we can all identify with even if a lot of us are not blessed with the kind of glorious physical beauty Gia was blessed with.


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