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Gia (1998)

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Mitchell, more...
Director: Michael Cristofer, Michael Cristofer
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Studio: HBO Home Video
Genre: Drama, Biopics, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 120 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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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). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

not so good but by djmarco November 28, 2010 - 1:24 PM PST
seeing Ms. Jolie's beautiful breasts made it almost bearable

Pathetic TV Movie with a few swear words and brief nudity. by beastofbourbon March 10, 2004 - 11:27 PM PST
6 out of 10 members found this review helpful
This "made for HBO" seemed to drag as long as a speed addict on a cigarette. Kind of a pointless contrived film if you ask me. I have to blame the director and producer on this one. They deserve to bitch-slapped for heavy handedness. Soundtrack was equally inefficient. I certainly hope there was more to Gia Carangi than this dribble. Faye Dunaway was the only saving grace on this one.

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(Average 6.03)
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