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Written byJay McInerney
Michael Cristofer
Directed byMichael Cristofer
StarringAngelina Jolie
Faye Dunaway
Mercedes Ruehl
Elizabeth Mitchell
ComposerTerence Blanchard
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerJames D. Brubaker
CinematographyRodrigo García
EditorEric A. Sears
Running time126 minutes
Production companyHBO Pictures
Original networkHBO
Original release
  • January 31, 1998 (1998-01-31)

Gia is a 1998 American biographical drama television film about the life and times of one of the first supermodels, Gia Carangi. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Gia and Faye Dunaway as Wilhelmina Cooper, with Mercedes Ruehl and Elizabeth Mitchell. It was directed by Michael Cristofer and written by Cristofer and Jay McInerney. The original music score was composed by Terence Blanchard.


Gia Carangi is a Philadelphia native who moves to New York City to become a fashion model, and immediately catches the attention of powerful agent Wilhelmina Cooper. Gia's attitude and beauty help her rise quickly to the forefront of the modeling industry, but her persistent loneliness, especially after the death of Wilhelmina, drives her to use mood-altering drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

She becomes entangled in a passionate affair with Linda, a make-up artist. Their love affair first starts when both pose nude for a photo shoot and make love afterward. Gia tries to get clean and begins taking methadone. However, Gia eventually starts using again, and Linda gives her an ultimatum. Gia chooses the drugs.

Failed attempts at reconciliation with Linda and with her mother, Kathleen, drive Gia back to heroin. Although she is eventually able to break her drug habit after much effort, she has already contracted HIV from intravenous drug use, which has progressed to AIDS. She spends the remainder of her life in the hospital.



Critical reception[edit]

Gia received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 93% of 15 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.00/10.[1] Kalamazoo Gazette commented: "Jolie gives it her all in a thoroughly uninhibited and highly effective portrait of a woman living from thrill to thrill."[2] Christopher Null of gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.[3] Conversely, Film Freak Central gave the film only 1.5 out of 4 stars and commented: "Gia isn't hagiography, I'll give it that, but it is reductive to a fault."[4]


Golden Globes
  • Angelina Jolie – Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Faye Dunaway – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Emmy Awards
  • Eric A. Sears – Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie
Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • Angelina Jolie – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries


  1. ^ "Gia - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 March 2023.
  2. ^ Sanford, James (2003). "James Sanford reviews Gia". Kalamazoo Gazette. Archived from the original on 19 October 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  3. ^ Null, Christopher (1998). "Gia Movie Review, DVD Release". Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. ^ Chambers, Bill (19 August 2004). "Taking Lives (unrated director's cut - widescreen DVD + Blu-ray Disc) + Gia (unrated DVD)". Film Freak Central. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2015.

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