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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T.J.
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Stephanie - Model
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Bruce Cooper
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Mike Mansfield
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Disco Doorman Tony
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Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
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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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Based on the tragic life and times of America's first supermodel. See more »


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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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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway. See more »

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When T.J. is at the hospital to see Gia, he gets upset and slams a chair down about 3 or 4 times before putting the chair back. When he lets go of the chair, it comes to rest in such a way that you can tell that at least one of the back legs of the chair is broke. The camera cuts away to Gia and when it cuts back to T.J., the chair is back to normal height and position against the wall under the window, just like it was before he smashed it. See more »

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Girl at Group Therapy: Wait a minute. What am I supposed to feel here? Sorry for you because you're beautiful? Because you made ten thousand a minute doing fuckin' nothing? "Oh it was so hard, so terrible, they treated me so bad." Listen girl, you had a free ride. And you fuckin' blew it. And me? I'm some kid from Ohio, reading fashion magazines, looking at your picture and thinking I'm supposed to look like that. And going fucking crazy because I don't. Because nobody told me it was a lie. Because the magazine ...
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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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Brass In Pocket
Written by James Honeyman-Scott (as James Honeyman Scott) & Chrissie Hynde
Performed by The Pretenders
Courtesy of Sire Records/Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great movie - but the book is better
23 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Cindy Crawford first entered the modeling world, she was dubbed, "Baby Gia." Her likeness to the model that was beyond perfection was what helped boost her career. Crawford, knew little about Carangi and her struggle.

When Stephen Fried published Thing of Beauty in 1993, he shed light on the exotic beauty known as Gia. He exposed the dark side of modeling, and showed the world the rise and fall of one of the most beautiful girls to ever live.

The movie Gia, is based of Fried's book. However, the movie takes several liberties. Gia's lover, "Linda", is based of Sandy Linter, a make-up artist in which Gia wooed and dated. Gia also dated a women by the name of Alyssa (she used the alias "Rochelle" in Fried's book). The writers combined these two loves, however, down played Alyssa's personality and character.

Gia's "journals" never existed. She did keep date books, too keep track of her appointments, and occasionally wrote things, but she never had an extensive amount of journals like the movie portrays. Gia's time in rehab is also downplayed.

Without a doubt, the movie is good, but if you want to know more about Gia, check out the book.


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