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The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 14 July 1985 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Kerr ...
T. George McDowell
Kris McQuade ...
Max Gillies ...
Tony Barry ...
Paul Chubb ...
David Slingsby ...
Tim Finn ...
Colleen Clifford ...
Mrs. Haversham
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Country Hotel Manager
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Mr. Joe


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 soft drinks, and visits the valley to see why. After "the Kid's" persistence is tested he's given a tour of the man's plant, and they begin talking of a joint venture. Things get more complicated when the Coca-Cola man begins falling in love with his temporary secretary, who seems to have connections to the valley. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A movie felt never so refreshing!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coca Cola Kid  »

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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety' the film was actress Greta Scacchi's "first major film role since Heat and Dust (1983)". See more »


Becker takes his glasses off twice when Terri's husband enters the office. See more »


[first lines]
Cabin Steward: G'day ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Australia.
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Catering: 'Kaos' (Highly recommended by the whole cast & crew) See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »


Strange Night
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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One of my favorites
31 January 2000 | by (San Carlos, CA) – See all my reviews

Call me strange, call me tasteless, but I found this film to be one of those movies that haunts me. Eric Roberts as the gung-ho Coke executive out to undo T.George McDowell's stranglehold on outback softdrink sales is just amazing. The scene near the beginning where Roberts is scanning an electronic map showing per capita Coke sales throughout Australia is brilliant, especially as they get down into the outback areas and discover that not only are Coke sales slim, but in one area, utterly non-existent.

Roberts' growing relationship with Greta Sciacci's character and DMZ, played wonderfully by child actress Rebecca Smart, weaves a romantic thread throughout the film, touching us even as we feel the intense need to thwap him over the head and make him see that this is the woman for him.

The scene of Coke trucks driven by Santa Claus costumed drivers pouring into T. George's compound is a killer, especially with that jingle (Sung by Neil Finn of Crowded House fame) roaring in the background. I can't understand why Coke has not purchased the rights to this jingle and used it in its advertising. Like another reviewer, I can't get that jingle out of my mind, even 15 years after seeing the movie.

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