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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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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 »


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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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Country:

USA

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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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 »

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Camera used in the first shooting session is Olympus OM-3. It was produced only for 3 years and wasn't available until 1983. See more »

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Woman at Funeral: [exiting Wilhelmina's funeral] She was too rich and too thin!
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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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A must see film
23 October 2000 | by lambiepie-2See all my reviews

I'm here to write a small human spin on the film Gia. As this film claims, Gia WAS different things to different people. I know because I met Gia in Philadelphia when we were both 16. I casually knew her from her father's hoagie shop because I went in there often to eat. When I chose to go to college in Philadelphia a few years later, I dropped in occasionally at the shop and I always said hello to Gia's dad to ask how she was doing as a model. He was so proud of her and what she was accomplishing in New York and all over the world. He always had that picture of her in Cosmopolitian above his cash register and he let me look at it. I just knew Gia would do well. Years pass, I move to the West coast. In 1982, I'm in New York and I heard she was right up the street from where I was, and I wanted to stop by to say "Hi" but never got the chance, I was too busy in meetings and never thought about it again. It wasn't until 1990 I heard she died, and the way she died and it tore me to pieces. So tragic to someone many of us thought from our generation, our backgrounds, our area "had made it." In 1998, this movie was done and I thought done as good as it could be. I know there were those closer to Gia that knew more and didn't appreciate it, but I did, and I miss her. Angelina Jolie did some very serious acting to bring this part of Gia's life to the screen. The movie was of theatrical quality and its a shame it didn't get that release. But thanks to this movie, there was a great deal of Gia's life I knew nothing about after 17 years old. But the ending was what touched me, because that is how I will remember Gia, and wish for everyone to remember her as well, even with the rough and gritty content contained in her life brought to screen. This is a hard must see for those who think a model's life is exciting, it can be, but they will also learn its nothing without the love of your parents, stable friends and relationships and the love of yourself - no matter what yourself may be.


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