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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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T.J.
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Stephanie - Model
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Bruce Cooper
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Emergency Room Nurse
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Disco Doorman Tony
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Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
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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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Rated R for graphic depiction of drug abuse, strong sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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31 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Anatomie d'un top model  »

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Trivia

Angelina Jolie's brother James Haven can be seen briefly leaning up against the wall in the beginning of the film when she and TJ are going into the tattoo parlor. See more »

Goofs

As Gia begs Linda not to leave, the first shot from behind shows her fully nude but from the front she can clearly be seen to be wearing underwear. See more »

Quotes

Gia Carangi: It's not about you. It's not you that they're looking at. It's not about you. I'm on top of that. I understand that.
Wilhemina Cooper: Oh, honey that's good, I'm so glad about that.
Gia Carangi: Because, if you let it be about you, then you're screwed, you know? So you have to stay separate from what's happening and you have to be somewhere else. But I don't know where that somewhere else is, you know? Or how to do that.
Wilhemina Cooper: Honey, you can do whatever you want right now.
Gia Carangi: Yeah, but what is it that I want? What do I want?
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: Gia Marie Carangi was born in Philadelphia in 1960. In the early eighties she became a legend in the fashion industry. Her story is told here in the words of the people who knew her and the words of her own journal. See more »

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Referenced in Golan the Insatiable: Shell Raiser (2015) See more »

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Will She Stay?
Written by Terence Blanchard
Vocalization by Jeanie Bryson
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Angelina Jolie - this says all
24 October 1999 | by (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Angelina Jolie is the kind of actress who mixes beauty and talent. In this very good TV movie she has a great performance as Gia Carangie, a 'lost girl'. "Gia" is a very realistic and strong film, with a beautiful story. It is not a typical TV movie, so it's worth seeing. Another score for HBO.

Rating: 8/10


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