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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 ...
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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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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: 4/13/1999
  • UPC: 026359139031
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Too wild to live - too beautiful to die!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JOLIE'S BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

    "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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Angelina Jolie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Captivating and Beautifully Depicted

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the wild beauty

    this movie is very greatful and very affecting.I love angelina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You won't forget Gia Carangi after seeing this!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Being Pretty comes with a Price...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In my top 10 of all time favs

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So wild and so beautiful...But I love her

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    itz awosome

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To the memory of Gia M.C

    ''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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT

    It is definately one of the greatest movies out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST MOVIE I'VE SEEN IN YEARS!

    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!

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