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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 overview, first billed only:
... Gia Carangi
... Linda
... T.J.
... Stephanie - Model
... Joe Carangi
... Bruce Cooper
... Mike Mansfield
Edmund Genest ... Francesco (as Edmond Genest)
... Kathleen Carangi
... Wilhelmina Cooper
Holly Baker ... Emergency Room Nurse
... Disco Doorman Tony
... Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
... Hood #2
... 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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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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1.78 : 1
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This movie is mentioned in the opening crawl of the Star Wars parody Family Guy: Blue Harvest (2007). Mila Kunis, who plays one of the younger versions of Gia, is a voiceover actress on "Family Guy" (1999). See more »

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When young Gia writes in her journal, she's right-handed. But older Gia is a lefty. See more »

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Gia Carangi: I'm in charge, and I'm leavin'!
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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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Let's Dance
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Publishing, Inc. o/b/o J/TE Ent. Co., LLC
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Haunting portrayal
5 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I rented the unrated version from NetFlix.

Gia is a powerful movie. It is two stories intertwined into one: the life of a confused teenage girl, looking for love and acceptance, and of the modeling industry and its effect on the emotions and egos (no matter how large or small) of those in front of the camera. As a woman who worked within the industry several years ago, I could relate to the confusion that Gia felt.

Angelina Jolie gave the viewer an excellent portrayal of a lonely teenage girl who was trapped inside an adult woman, her only comfort being her lover and later, her drugs.

The performances of the actresses were on target; the message was clear. A haunting movie worth purchasing.


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