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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.

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Michael Cristofer
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Gia Carangi
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Linda
Eric Michael Cole ... T.J.
Kylie Travis ... Stephanie - Model
Louis Giambalvo ... Joe Carangi
John Considine ... Bruce Cooper
Scott Cohen ... Mike Mansfield
Edmund Genest Edmund Genest ... Francesco (as Edmond Genest)
Mercedes Ruehl ... Kathleen Carangi
Faye Dunaway ... Wilhelmina Cooper
Holly Baker Holly Baker ... Emergency Room Nurse
Joe Basile ... Disco Doorman Tony
Rick Batalla ... Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
Lombardo Boyar ... Hood #2
Jullian Dulce Vida ... Hood #3 (as Julio Dolce Vita)
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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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This is life... not heaven... you don't have to be perfect. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic depiction of drug abuse, strong sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

31 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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| (unrated) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway. See more »

Goofs

The letter "G" that Gia carves on the receptionist's desk. See more »

Quotes

Linda: Behold, the florist.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

There is an Unrated/extended version available. Linda & Gia's sex scenes are longer and more explicit. In the scene where Gia gives Linda hamburgers in the kitchen, Gia straddles Linda in the chair, and says, "Dinner is served!". See more »

Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing With Myself
Written by Tony James & Billy Idol (as William A. Broad)
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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An unforgettable film
9 May 2005 | by tigerkiss5See all my reviews

An unforgettable film about a supermodel, named simply Gia. Stunning performance by Angelina Jolie as Gia and Faye Dunaway as her agent. The movie plays out like a documentary and is filled with interviews by those who knew her during her career as a model and the family who loved her. It's a fast paced film and exciting to see the underground world of modeling. It is based on Gia's often-poignant journal. It gives us a glimpse on the darker side of fame that we do not often look in on. It will be hard to watch at times and harder not to at others. It will make you thankful that if you are thirty or forty-something, that you made it through this difficult time in life, a time when no one knew about the painful consequences that would consume a life. Gia is a movie for the strong at heart or the weak who wish to be stronger. After watching the movie, I looked at her website and was eerily surprised that I recognized that face from one of my mom's Cosmopolitans. I am grateful her memory lives on through her journal and this under-rated film. Two-thumbs up!


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