The Coca-Cola Kid
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed byDušan Makavejev
Screenplay byFrank Moorhouse
Based onThe Americans, Baby
by Frank Moorhouse
The Electrical Experience
by Frank Moorhouse
Produced byLes Lithgow
Sylvie Le Clezio
David Roe
StarringEric Roberts
Greta Scacchi
Bill Kerr
CinematographyDean Semler
Edited byJohn Scott
Music byWilliam Motzing
Distributed byRoadshow Film Distributors[1]
Release dates
14 July 1985 (United States)
19 July 1985 (UK)
29 August 1985 (Australia)
Running time
98 minutes
BudgetA$3 million[2]
Box office$36,365 (Australia)

The Coca-Cola Kid is a 1985 Australian romantic comedy film. It was directed by Dušan Makavejev and stars Eric Roberts and Greta Scacchi. The film is based on the short stories The Americans, Baby, and The Electrical Experience by Frank Moorhouse, who wrote the screenplay. It was entered into the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


Becker, a hotshot American marketing executive (played by Roberts) from The Coca-Cola Company, visits their Australian operations in Sydney and tries to figure out why a tiny corner of Australia (the fictional town of Anderson Valley) has so far resisted all of Coke's products. He literally bumps into the secretary (played by Scacchi) who is assigned to help him.

Becker discovers that a local producer of soft drinks run by an old eccentric has been successfully fending off the American brand name products. The executive vows an all out marketing war with the eccentric but eventually comes to reconsider his role as a cog in Coca-Cola's giant corporate machinery. Along the way there are humorous subplots involving the office manager's violent ex-husband, Becker's attempt to find the 'Australian sound', and an odd waiter who is under the mistaken belief that Becker is a secret agent.



David Stratton gave a copy of Frank Moorhouse's book The Americans, Baby to Dusan Makavejev when he attended the Sydney Film Festival in 1975 with Sweet Movie. Production of the movie was difficult in part because of Makavejev's work methods, which were different from the way films were normally made in Australia. Denny Lawrence came on board the film as a consultant.[4]

The Coca-Cola Kid was shot on location in Sydney–various city landmarks can be seen briefly throughout the film.[5]


Rotten Tomatoes gives The Coca-Cola Kid a rating of 47% from 17 reviews.[6] Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and said that the movie was "filled with moments of inspiration," but believed that "the last half of the film [...] does not quite deliver on the promises of the first half."[7]

Box office

The Coca-Cola Kid grossed $36,365 at the box office in Australia.[8]

Home media

MGM Home Entertainment released the Region 1 DVD in the United States on 16 April 2002.[9] Umbrella Entertainment released a region free version in May 2009. The DVD includes special features such as the theatrical trailer, and an interview with Greta Scacchi and David Roe titled The Real Thing.[10] Fun City Edition released the film on Blu-ray in the United States on 16 June 2022.[11] In addition to the features included in the 2009 DVD, the Blu-ray contains an interview with Eric Roberts and a new audio commentary.


Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
(1985 AFI Awards)
Best Adapted Screenplay Frank Moorhouse Nominated
Best Cinematography Dean Semler Nominated
Best Editing John Scott Nominated
Best Original Music Score William Motzing Nominated
Best Sound Helen Brown Nominated
Gethin Creagh Nominated
Dean Gawen Nominated
Mark Lewis Nominated
Martin Oswin Nominated
Best Production Design Graham 'Grace' Walker Nominated
Best Costume Design Terry Ryan Nominated
Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Dušan Makavejev Nominated

See also


  1. ^ "The Coca Cola Kid (35mm)". Australian Classification Board. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  2. ^ Adrian Martin, "The Coca-Cola Kid", Australian Film 1978–1992, Oxford Uni Press 1993 p166
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Coca-Cola Kid". Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  4. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p321-323
  5. ^ "The Coca-Cola Kid (1985) clip 1 on ASO". Australia's audio and visual heritage. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  6. ^ "The Coca-Cola Kid". Rotten Tomatoes.
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger. "The Coca-Cola Kid". Retrieved 30 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Film Victoria // supporting Victoria's film television and games industry - Film Victoria" (PDF).
  9. ^ "The Coca-Cola Kid". 16 April 2002 – via Amazon.
  10. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment". Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  11. ^ Bjork, Stephen. "COCA-COLA KID, THE (BLU-RAY REVIEW)". The Digital Bits. Retrieved 30 July 2022.