GiaDirector: Michael Cristofer, Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Mitchell, Faye Dunaway
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Novelist Jay McInerney and playwright Michael Cristofer (who also made his feature film directorial debut) collaborated on the script for this bio of doomed supermodel Gia Carangi. In a star-making performance, Angelina Jolie stars as Gia, a gorgeous Philadelphia native who arrives in New York City to become a model and immediately makes an impression on high-powered agent Wilhelmina Cooper (Faye Dunaway). Gia's fierce good looks make her a star, as does her willingness to pose nude. Gia becomes entangled in a passionate affair with a photographer's assistant, Linda (Elizabeth Mithcell), but Linda is more conflicted about her bisexuality, driving Gia away and fueling the model's craving for mood-altering drugs. Failed attempts at reconciliation with both Linda and her mother Kathleen (Mercedes Ruehl) drive Gia further over the edge from cocaine to heroin, her emaciated body and sunken eyes becoming the catalyst for the "heroin chic" look. Although Gia is eventually able to kick her powerful habit, she learns that an infected needle has resulted in her contracting the AIDS virus. For the second year in a row, a made-for-TV film resulted in an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe victory for Jolie (the first was George Wallace, 1998).
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Cast & Crew
|Faye Dunaway||Wilhelmina Cooper|
|Mercedes Ruehl||Kathleen Carangi|
|Eric Michael Cole||Actor|
|Rick Batalla||Hispanic Stylist Phillipe|
|Terence Blanchard||Score Composer|
|David J. Bomba||Production Designer|
|David R. Ginsburg||Executive Producer|
|Patrick Mitchell||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ilene Khan Power||Executive Producer|
|Marvin Worth||Executive Producer|
1. Once Upon A Time [5:29]
2. Special [9:33]
3. Be Yourself [5:56]
4. Linda [8:31]
5. This Is It! [4:43]
6. Girlfriends [9:23]
7. Work Is The Only Answer [9:59]
8. Chasing The Dragon [8:06]
9. Mr. & Mrs. Doodiekins [9:01]
10. You Choose [8:14]
11. All The Gold Is Gone [9:47]
12. Blame? [7:08]
13. Something More Serious [6:42]
14. The Last Shot [10:15]
15. It Was Worth It [6:32]
Gia Carangi - Angelina Jolie
Linda - Elizabeth Mitchell
Stephanie - Kylie Travis
Kathleen Carangi - Mercedes Ruehl
Wilhelmina Cooper - Faye Dunaway
Written and Directed by Michael Cristofer
Written by Jay McInerny
English Dolby Surround
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This quote certainly encompasses the complex and unique personality of the first American Supermodel. Her fire, energy for life, and hunger for love catapult her into a world of drugs, superficiality and depression. This true story, brought so authentically to you by Angelina Jolie, is both heart-breaking and heart-warming. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the true story of a beautiful, smart and brave woman who got lost in a world of superficiality and hungered for the love of a woman when the time could never be right. This movie was unforgettable, authentically portrayed and heart-breaking.
"Gia" is a true masterpiece. The always stunning Angelina Jolie portrays model Gia Carangi in a way that no other actress could. This film is raw, powerful , and sobering at the same time. A must see for fans of Jolie...and fans of good movies everywhere!
Angelina Jolie Angelina is pure predatory sensuality. Everyone wants her guys and girls. This is her most erotic role. This has her posing nude, and sleeping with women and men. This is the must see for all her fans.
this movie is very greatful and very affecting.I love angelina.
Gia Carangi as we know today became one of the first top supermodels and brought modeling a whole new dimension. When she grew up her parents filed for divorce and she lived with her father, Joe Carangi. Just like an average teenager, she was working at her her father's lunchonette. By the time she reached 17 she gave a test shot and then her test shot got into the biggest name in the business, which was Willhemna Cooper(Faye Dunaway). As she rised to the model status, she fell in love with a lady named Linda. But even in the lights and rich and famous people, anybody can slip away into a dark side. For Gia, it was cocaine and heroin. She needed the love and attention just like any person, but did not receive any. Her addiction led to the fall of her modeling career, by the time she was 26 she was the first women who had died of HIV. Angelina Jolie pulls off another movie with her killer looks. She captures the good side and bad side of Gia Carangi.
''Gia'' is the most touching, real movie I have ever seen. It's not another hollywood's story about foolish beauty. Gia Marie Carangi was a great character briliant and so attracting your attention like no one else.
I think 'Gia' is one of the best made-for-TV movies ever filmed. I think Jolie added 'spice' to the film, and wouldn't have had any other actress portray the troubled model. I found it strikingly intense, and the plot captivating. I like how they portrayed Mitchell's character 'Linda' -- creating her out of all of Gia's love interests. I think Elizabeth Mitchell was perfect for the role, and am slightly surprised and disappointed that she doesn't recieve more roles in the industry. The movie hits you right in the heart and delves deep into the 'unseen' lives of models and how 'unglamourous' it can be. It's best if you can find the unrated version; it contains the scenes that were cut from the R-rated version. A must see.
There are few films that capture more than just a depiction of one's life without failing to grasp the meaning of it. Gia lived her life in search of any sign that someone was watching, wanting, and willing to endure her search for happiness. Most of us can only dream of experiencing all that Gia did. But courage to except what our choices bring are the nightmares we spend most of our lives running from. Gia Marie Carangi's memory remains in all who knew her. And in all who meet her as they watch this film. What Gia is, is "Unforgettable". She's made quite sure of that. XOXOX
THIS MOVIE WAS TRULY TOUCHING. IT WASN'T YOUR TYPICAL STORY OF THE GIRL WHO HAD IT ALL AND LOST IT. IT HAD DEPTH. YOU SINCERELY UNDERSTOOD HER AND FELT WHAT SHE FELT. SHE DIDN'T EXPERIENCE ANYTHING UNCOMMON TO EVERY DAY PEOPLE. SHE WAS A GENUINE SOUL AND THIS MOVIE CAPTURED HER ESSENCE BEAUTIFULLY. GIA IS A MUST-SEE!
It is definately one of the greatest movies out there.
I hav never seen such awosome movie...itz a cool story....with a sad end...but angelina's really done a gr8 job..shez really put life in the movie...everyone else was also good...i juz loved the movie
This movie forever sold me on Angelina Jolie. I was never a huge fan of her as an actress until this movie, which I found to be extremely moving and captivating. This is a very engaging film that delivers a powerful and painful message about the struggles of a young girl attempting to deal with the pressures of the modeling world.
every time I watch this movie I can feel the pain that GIA felt.That's such a real play(by A.J),that it makes me cry...I would like such end if I found luv.