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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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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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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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Technical Specs

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Dolby (Dolby Surround)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Angelina Jolie found the intensity of playing a drug-addicted lesbian so extreme that she deliberately sought out a "normal" heterosexual role for her next film. That proved to be Mike Newell's Pushing Tin (1999). See more »

Goofs

Gia and another model are seen riding a 1997 Harley-Davidson Heritage Springer in 1985. See more »

Quotes

Gia Carangi: Where are you going?
Linda: You don't have any clothes on.
Gia Carangi: Don't change the subject.
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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 »

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 »

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Referenced in Family Guy: Blue Harvest (2007) See more »

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Young At Heart
Written by Carolyn Leigh & Johnny Richards
Performed by Jeanie Bryson
Arrangement by Terence Blanchard
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Highly Recommended Viewing!
13 March 2000 | by Sharkey360See all my reviews

Gia's a great biographic film with a credible story, great cast and great presentation. Angelina Jolie's performance here is nothing less than incredible, in fact there was a short time when I thought she's really Gia herself and that she's really troubled...that's how convincing her act is. Mercedes R makes a great support role...and a mother as well.

There are so many things to learn here, like how fashion was in the 1970's and 1980's, Gia's lesbian crave, the drugs and the AIDS. The film is so realistic, you'll really care for the people and the events that unfold.

Definitely a must-view!


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