This film was produced without the knowledge or consent of the international offices of the Coca-Cola Company. However, since both the company and its product were depicted so favorably in the film (as well as the film being free advertising), they took no legal action against the parties involved.
The love scene between Eric Roberts and Greta Scacchi was shot in one take. In The Real Thing: The Making of the Coca Cola Kid (2009), Scacchi said she made sure that the sequence was done in one take and gave it her all, as she did not like working with Roberts, let along doing a love scene with him, the latter of whom allegedly removed his crotch-patch for the feather-smothered erotic sequence.
The movie was based on two short stories by Australian writer Frank Moorhouse. They were "The Americans, baby" (1972) and "The electrical experience" (1974). The full titles of each are "The Americans, baby: A discontinuous narrative of stories and fragments" and "The electrical experience: A discontinuous narrative". Both short stories are described as being "discontinuous narrative" pieces.
The film was made and released about thirteen years after its source short story "The Americans Baby" and around eleven years after its other source short story "The Electrical Experience", had both been first published in 1972 and 1974 respectively, both were written by Frank Moorhouse.
First of two consecutive back-to-back collaborations of Australian actor Chris Haywood and Yuogoslav director Dusan Makavejev, who formed a friendship during the making of this movie, with Makavejev casting him in his next film Manifesto (1988), made and released about three year's later.
The movie's The Coca-Cola Kid (1985) title and story content had to be cleared with the Coca-Cola Company according to David Stratton in his book "The Avocado Plantation". A disclaimer is presented at the start of the movie and an even shorter abridged version of it appears on the film's trailer.
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".