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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Francesco (as Edmond Genest)
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Holly Baker ...
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Disco Doorman Tony
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Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
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Hood #2
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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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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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Anatomie d'un top model  »

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Trivia

Janice Dickinson claims she co-wrote this movie (during 2015 Celebrity Big Brother UK) See more »

Goofs

Gia and another model are seen riding a 1997 Harley-Davidson Heritage Springer in 1985. See more »

Quotes

Billy: Hi, I'm Billy. You're very pretty. I'll bet you're a model.
Gia Carangi: Why? Do I look stupid?
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Crazy Credits

Film ends with the following poem: ...heaven on earth back again into under far in between through it in it and above... From the journal of GIA MARIE CARANGI 1960-1986 See more »

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Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'Girl, Interrupted' (1999) See more »

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Dancing With Myself
Written by Tony James & Billy Idol (as William A. Broad)
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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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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