Gia

Gia

Too Beautiful to Die, Too Wild to Live

DVD - 1998
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Drama based on the life of supermodel Gia Carangi.
Publisher: New York, NY : HBO Home Video, [1998]
ISBN: 9780783117522
0783117523
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Derringer
Jan 15, 2015

FYI - Gia Carangi (Who!?... Never heard of her) was not (as this movie states) America's first "Supermodel".

To be honest (until this depressing and annoyingly-bad movie came out), I had never, ever heard of Gia Carangi. But I'd certainly heard of Jerry Hall, Christie Brinkley, Cybill Shepherd, and Lauren Hutton, who were all recognized "Supermodels" long before this bimbo snorted her first line of cocaine.

If this badly-conceived bio-movie was really supposed to be an accurate depiction of what Gia Carangi was actually like in real-life, then I'd say that she was, without a doubt, just pure white-trash, and an absolutely terrible role-model for lesbian-wannabes, as well.

And if I am to take Angelina Jolie's grate-on-your-nerves portrayal of Gia at face value, then, let's face it, this high-strung crybaby was already seriously unhinged long before her downward spiral into the hell of drug addiction took place.

And speaking about Angelina's lousy performance as Gia - Jolie (wearing one awful-looking wig after another) was such an incompetent, scenery-chewing amateur throughout that her character depiction made me despise Gia, big-time.

I also hated all of the women in Gia's life. This, of course, included her mother, Kathleen, her mentor, Wilhelmina Cooper, and especially her lesbian lover, Linda (this particular on/off relationship was nothing but a hideous, little soap opera of non-stop bitching and bickering).

And, with that said - I am absolutely fed-up from hearing people heap praise and admiration upon Angelina Jolie for her performance as Gia. If you ask me, it was one of the most empty-headed, insincere, and unconvincing portrayals I've ever seen.

And I swear that I'll never, ever again watch another movie that stars the likes of Angelina Jolie. Never! (Bah! Who needs her?)

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

Made-for-cable biopic on the tragic life of Gia Marie Carangi who left her modest Philadelphia neighbourhood to become one of the hottest supermodels the 80s had ever seen before losing it all to heroin and her own personal demons. Angelina Jolie gives a knockout performance as the troubled beauty, a volatile mixture of smart-ass insolence and emotional neediness whose fear of abandonment drove her to increasingly desperate measures. She brings a pathological intensity to the role as we follow Gia from spiky-haired naif ready to take on the world to tweaked-out diva having a monumental runway meltdown. Unfortunately the film's flat presentation and lifeless supporting cast are not able to keep up with Jolie's performance, especially when the camera focuses on them in a series of post-mortem talking head interviews scattered haphazardly throughout the movie. The 80s soundtrack rocks though, and the quotes from Gia's own diary are sobering.

Ambigirl2012 Jan 30, 2014

Back in the day, Gia was Cosmopolitan's cover girl. Every month I couldn't wait to see Gia on the front cover. She was so beautiful, so breathtaking. There was no model like her. Every month was a treat on that cover. HBO could not have chosen a better actress to be Gia than Angelina. When I saw that HBO did a film on Gia, I could not wait till it was shown. I have it on VHS.

I am so sorry she is gone, but I will never forget her. I am glad that I had the opportunity to "know" her before her demise.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Apr 21, 2013

At first, I only watched this because a good friend recommended it to me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Angelina Jolie captures every side of Gia flawlessly. There are moments where you can clearly see that Gia's just a troubled little girl deep down inside, but her portrayal of Gia's fierce outter personality hid it very well. Definitely worth watching.

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ausnos
May 19, 2012

I was impressed with Angelina Jolie's performance and portrayal of Gia Carangi. Although I have not heard of Gia prior to watching this movie (it was a bit before my time), I found her tragic story enthralling, poignant and...sexy. The intimate scenes between Gia and Linda were very real and very tantalizing. I can really feel the love that they have for each other. It's a shame that Gia had a constant need to be loved, and when she did not get that love she would resort to drugs. Quite a deep story.

yenise Mar 01, 2012

esta es una de las mejores peliculas que he visto en mi vida

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noisexorcist
Nov 06, 2011

I miss this Angelina Jolie. She used to be, like, a real actress.

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stse88
Oct 01, 2011

Jolie was terrific and fearless in this.

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lensman
Oct 14, 2009

Angelina Jolie & Elizabeth Mitchell (from LOST)
Won 2 Golden Globes and numerous other awards.

This is not a feel good movie, the tragic tale of success, drugs & self destruction which Angelina Jolie plays to perfection.

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lensman
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