Character: Gia Carangi
Original Release: January 31, 1998 (US)
Directed by: Michael Cristofer
Written by: Jay McInerney, Michael Cristofer
Produced by: James D. Brubaker
Running Time: 120 minutes (Original Version)

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.

Cast & Characters

Elizabeth Mitchell (Linda), Eric Michael Cole (T.J.), Kylie Travis (Stephanie), Louis Giambalvo (Joe Carangi), John Considine (Bruce Cooper), Scott Cohen (Mike Mansfield), Edmund Genest, (Francesco), Mercedes Ruehl (Kathleen Carangi), Faye Dunaway (Wilhelmina Cooper), Mila Kunis (Gia - Age 11)

Photo Gallery
Filming Locations:
  • New York City, USA
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • 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.
  • Angelina Jolie's brother James Haven can be seen briefly leaning up against the wall in the beginning of the film when she and TJ are going into the tattoo parlor.

Different Versions
  1. Original Version - 120 minutes.
    The version that first aired on television.
  2. R-Rated Version - 117 minutes.
    The original version that was released on DVD.
  3. Unrated Version - 126 minutes.

We are not sure about this version but as of 2004, a more sexually explicit version is available in VHS format only (North America).

The main difference in the scenes is that Linda & Gia's sex scenes are longer and more explicit. In the scene where Gia gives Linda hamburgers in the kitchen, Gia straddles Linda in the chair, and says, "Dinner is served!".

Read more detailed information about the versions here.

Memorable Quotes

Gia Carangi: Life and death, energy and peace. If I stop today, it was still worth it. Even the terrible mistakes that I made and would have unmade if I could. The pains that have burned me and scarred my soul, it was worth it, for having been allowed to walk where I've walked, which was to hell on earth, heaven on earth, back again, into, under, far in between, through it, in it, and above.

Linda: I have a boyfriend.
Gia Carangi: So?
Linda: SO?
Gia Carangi: Yeah, so?
Linda: So... I have to go.
Gia Carangi: I have to go... I have to go... where the fuck does everybody go when they have to go?

Gia Carangi: You know what I think? I think there's a reason for everything. And I think that there's a plan for everyone. And I think that God has a big plan for me. Just not in this life.

Gia Carangi: Are you nervous?
T.J.: Yeah.
Gia Carangi: Am I making you nervous?
T.J.: Yeah.
Gia Carangi: Well, good, that's the idea. You scare the shit out of people so they can't see how scared you are.

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

Gia Carangi: People keep going away from me, that hurts.

Gia Carangi: I should have been a rock star. But I can't sing.

Gia Carangi: You were the one, you were the only one, and you were amazing.

Gia Carangi: I'd tell them that you don't have to be anybody. Because I'd know that being somebody doesn't make you anybody anyway.

Gia Carangi: You look so pretty.
Stephanie: Thank you.
Gia Carangi: I love you.
Stephanie: I know, you love everyone.

Gia Carangi: I do be da pittiest, pittiest girl. I do be dat.

Gia Carangi: Where are you going?
Linda: You don't have any clothes on.
Gia Carangi: Don't change the subject.

Gia Carangi: I could learn photography. That could be something to want. I could photograph children. I could have my own children. I would give them yellow roses. And if they got too loud, I would just put them some place quiet. Put them in the oven. And I would kiss them every day, and tell them you don't have to be anybody, because I would know that being somebody doesn't make you anybody anyway.
Wilhemina Cooper: You will always be somebody to me.

Gia Carangi: G... I... A, "Gia" just fuck the rest of it, call me Gia, do you think you can remember that... honey? Yeah? Cool, now tell the bitch I'm here.

Gia Carangi: Dear book, this is another day in my life. A life is like a book. A book is like a box. A box has six sides. Inside and outside, so, how do you get to what's inside? How do you get what's inside, out? Once upon a time, there lived a very pretty girl, who lived in a beautiful box, and everybody loved her.

Gia Carangi: I could do this, I could be a fucking housewife.

Gia Carangi: I met somebody, someone I really like.
Wilhemina Cooper: Good! Good for you. Take a deep breath darling. You are in for the ride of your life.

Gia Carangi: Well somebody has to take care of me! I'm just a kid!

Gia Carangi: Where's my knife? Who took my fucking knife? What do I look like, fucking terrorist? Is this funny? What the fuck is WRONG with you people? Where the fuck- get the fuck away from me! GET AWAY! WHERE IS MY KNIFE? God, you can't... you can't do that! You don't take somebody's knife when they need it!

Tony: With a face like that, she doesn't need a name.
Gia Carangi: Actually, Tony, my face is a little higher.

Gia Carangi: I'm in charge, and I'm leavin'!

Gia Carangi: I have to go back to work! I know what you're going to say but I need the money because I cannot live like this. I cannot live like this. And I cannot live without you.

Gia Carangi: Oh, is that it? Your're just jealous! You're just jealous because you don't want anyone to know about us! You don't want it to get around that you and me... you are with a model! You don't want it to be known that you're fucking a model! Go ahead and say it, I'm fucking a model! I'm fucking a model!

Gia Carangi: I don't think a woman is really a woman, unless she's a blonde, you know?

T.J.: Have you ever had sex with a man before?
Gia Carangi: Yeah, once.
T.J.: And?
Gia Carangi: And... I could have done that with a German Shepard.

Gia Carangi: Go see, go see, go see. I aint good at this. And even if you are good at this, what exactly are you good at?

Gia Carangi: Look, this was a free trip to New York. If I had known you were looking for Marcia fucking Brady, I woulda stayed home.

Gia Carangi: Because, if you let it be about you, then you're screwed, you know? So you have to stay separate from what's happening and you have to be somewhere else. But I don't know where that somewhere else is, you know? Or how to do that.

Linda: FUCK! What the fuck?
Gia Carangi: I like, KICKED Spiderman's ass!

Quotes from Cast & Crew

"Her courtesy…was unfailing. [She was] always on time, always prepared for some heavy emotional stuff. No actor can do take after take like that without some serious technique in her background."
- Mercedes Ruehl

Awards & Nominations

Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV - Angelina Jolie
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV - Faye Dunaway
Golden Globes - Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV
Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Angelina Jolie
Emmy Awards - Outstanding Made for TV Movie
Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries - Angelina Jolie
Directors Guild of America - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for TV
GLAAD Media Awards - Outstanding TV Movie or TV Mini-Series
L.A. Outfest - Grand Jury Award Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film -
Angelina Jolie
Online Film & TV Association - Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Angelina Jolie
Online Film & TV Association - Best Motion Picture Made for TV
Satellite Awards - Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Angelina Jolie
Satellite Awards - Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV
Satellite Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Faye Dunaway