Gia

Gia

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Director: Michael Cristofer

Cast: 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… See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
Not many made-for-TV movies celebrate the lives of doomed hellions, but what makes Gia a true rarity in the genre is Angelina Jolie's jaw-dropping performance. Jolie's turn as Gia Carangi -- a supermodel of the late-'70s who died of an AIDS-related illness at age 26 -- actually manages to match the film's hype-happy tagline: "Too beautiful to die. Too wild to live." The film, cowritten by director Michael Cristofer and novelist Jay McInerny, begins with Carangi as a child in Philadelphia, observing from the bedroom as her blue-collar parents go through the messy motions toward divorce. Within what seems like minutes, though, she's a tempestuous teen running off to New York City, where she quickly gets the attention of model maven Wilhemina Cooper (Faye Dunaway) -- and not just by plunging a switchblade into her receptionist's desk. She's got something different. Something special. And, since she's played by Anelina Jolie, she's got lips like sofa cushions. The model's professional life is a cruel one, though; and while she scores about 16 on a sexual-attraction scale of ten, true love eludes her. Drugs find her, and with them, HIV. This is not a happy movie, but Jolie's full-throttle approach to every scene -- she seduces a boy in her dad's luncheonette, then the makeup woman, and so on -- makes for a totally absorbing two hours. The dazzling performance earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination, and it remains the wildest turn in Jolie's increasingly distinctive filmography.
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Just prior to her Academy Award-winning performance for Best Supporting Actress in Girl, Interrupted (1999), Angelina Jolie received major kudos for her acting with the lead role of Gia Maria Carangi in this haunting biopic, earning a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Emmy nomination. A former model with a rebellious personality herself, Jolie is versatile and resplendently raw as a vulnerable 19-year-old swimming with the sharks in the competitive fashion scene or as a junkie walking the alleys of New York looking for her next fix. Jolie's powerful presence brings Gia's wild spirit to life, while Faye Dunaway is elegant and well suited to her role as the savvy yet nurturing Wilhelmina. Anecdotes from characters representing Gia's friends and family, along with black-and-white behind-the-scenes intercuts, effectively give the film a more journalistic quality, although director Michael Cristofer goes overboard with stylistic affectations which are intrusive rather than supportive to the story. Like Gia's short life, this made-for-TV movie gets as glamorous as it does gritty: Stylish and colorfully bold photo sessions eventually give way to a devastatingly tragic visual of the supermodel's bout with AIDS.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2009
UPC:
0883929106929
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
4,741

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Cast & Crew Bios; Photo Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angelina Jolie Gia
Elizabeth Mitchell Linda
Faye Dunaway Wilhelmina Cooper
Mercedes Ruehl Kathleen Carangi
Kylie Travis Stephanie
Eric Michael Cole Actor
Louis Giambalvo Actor
John Considine Actor
Scott Cohen Actor
Edmond Genest Actor
Holly Sampson Actor
Rick Batalla Hispanic Stylist Phillipe

Technical Credits
Michael Cristofer Director,Screenwriter
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
David J. Bomba Production Designer
Jim Brubaker Producer
Rodrigo García Cinematographer
David R. Ginsburg Executive Producer
Libby Goldstein Casting
Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting
Jay McInerney Screenwriter
Patrick Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Ilene Khan Power Executive Producer
Eric Sears Editor
Marvin Worth Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gia
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]

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