The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)

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An eccentric marketing guru visits a Coca-Cola subsidiary in Australia to try and increase market penetration. He finds zero penetration in a valley owned by an old man who makes his own ... See full summary »


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  • Eric Roberts in The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)
  • Greta Scacchi in The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)
  • Eric Roberts and Bill Kerr in The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)

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9 August 2006 | BlackJack_B
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| From the off-beat mind of Dusan Makavejev.
Dusan Makavejev is a director I admire. Much of his product is completely bonkers. He was never interested in making staid movies or anything generic. He always went for the gusto. It was as if anything could happen in one of his films. If he had been given the reign to direct remakes of any films he would have completely changed everything. I could imagine what he could have done with, say, the remakes of the Steve Martin/Diane Keaton/Martin Short "Father Of The Bride" movies.

The Coca-Cola Kid is his most well-known work. The film features Eric Roberts as a whiz kid named Becker who has been sent by Coca-Cola to find out why Coke isn't making any money in the Outback region of Australia. It turns out that a Mom-And-Pop company run by T. George McDowell (Bill Kerr) that has dominated the area. Becker then does whatever he can to buy McDowell out. In the meantime, he strikes up an interesting affair with McDowell's secretary Terri (Greta Scacchi), a single mother who has some ties to Kerr's operations.

Much like any Makavejev film, there are some extremely off-the-wall moments. The bedroom scene with the feathers, the drag queen party, the Santa Claus parade and the infamous shower scene where mother and daughter wash up together are some of the crazy things you'll see. Eventually, the movie does lose its focus in favour of its "Crash T.V." content. Still, the movie has some good acting, Scacchi offers up great eye candy and it is truly wacky; even if isn't uproariously funny. It's just so out there. If you want to see Makavejev's unique vision translated on film this should be your first viewing. Montenegro and WR are others worth checking out.

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Trivia

The film was well-known within the film industry to have spent a very long time in development hell. According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', the movie was "a decade in preparation and two years in actual production".


Quotes

Cabin Steward: G'day ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Australia.


Goofs

When Terri is getting dressed, she has the pants pulled up and is starting to pull up the suspenders. The shot shifts and she is just pulling up the pants.


Crazy Credits

The film opens with the following disclaimer, in this exact way as written heightening the exact words in capital letters. "This FILM is a WORK of FICTION. Neither the FILM nor its MAKERS have any CONNECTION with THE COCA-COLA COMPANY or any of its SUBSIDIARIES or AFFILIATES. THE COCA-COLA COMPANY has not licensed, sponsored or approved of this FILM in any way. All PERSONS, EVENTS and CHARACTERS in this FILM are entirely fictional. The FILM in no WAY purports to present an accurate ACCOUNT of THE COCA-COLA COMPANY, its SUBSIDIARIES or AFFILIATES in AUSTRALIA - PAST, PRESENT or FUTURE. COCA-COLA and COKE are registered TRADEMARKS which identify the same PRODUCT of THE COCA-COLA COMPANY. The DYNAMIC RIBBON DEVICE is also a TRADEMARK of THE COCA-COLA COMPANY."


Soundtracks

Coca-Cola Jingle
Composed & written by
Tim Finn
Performed by Tim Finn, Neil Finn, Nigel Griggs, Ricky Fataar & Paul Hester
Produced by Mark Moffatt (as Mark Moffat) & Ricky Fataar
With the permission of Mushroom Records, Mushroom Music & Enz Music

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Comedy | Drama

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