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  • Actors: Eric Roberts, Greta Scacchi, William Henry Kerr, Chris Haywood, Kris McQuade
  • Directors: Dusan Makavejev
  • Writers: Denny Lawrence, Frank Moorhouse
  • Producers: David Roe, Djordje Zecevic, Les Lithgow, Sylvie Le Clezio
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Coca-Cola Kid" on IMDb

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Starring Academy AwardÂ(r) nominee* Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) and Emmy winner** Greta Scacchi (The Red Violin), this "wacky comedy" (Leonard Maltin) is full of clever fun, lighthearted romance, and an enchanting Aussie-American charm! "Abundantly rewarding" (Los Angeles Times) and "filled with moments of inspiration" (Roger Ebert), The Coca-Cola Kid celebrates both the Outback way of life and American pride! Ex-marine turned Coca-Cola marketing guru Becker (Roberts) is on a mission to boost sales in Australia when he discovers a dry spot in the Outback, where everyone is guzzling a homegrown brewand not a drop of his company's cola! Determined to pop the top off his competitor, Becker tries to reason with the crafty soda maker but ends upfalling for his free-spirited daughter (Scacchi) who really shakes things up. Will everything fizzle or end up in perfect harmony? The answer is a delightful blend of romance and comedy that's sure to refresh you! *Supporting Actor, Runaway Train (1985) **Supporting Actressin a Miniseries, "Rasputin" (1996)

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Eric Roberts, young, charming, and handsome, does a rare comic turn as an American Coca-Cola executive with a honeyed Georgia drawl sent Down Under in this congenial little Australian comedy. As the zealous, unfailingly polite eccentric declares economic war on a veritable back-country feudal lord who runs his own steam-powered soda plant (Bill Kerr), Roberts’s enchantingly goofy secretary (Greta Scacchi) plots a campaign of seduction that includes a Santa suit that explodes in an orgiastic blizzard of feathers. Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev (Montenegro), hardly known for romantic comedy, brings a surprisingly light touch to the comedy and a sweet sexiness to the offbeat love story. The script veers into scenes that make no sense and gets bogged down in the cola wars, but Makavejev buoys the film with unexpected turns, delightful moments of beauty and joy, and a genial, generous sense of humor. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews

Also a very odd love story.
Stuart Williams
So, they send out their best sales-man and persuader, of whom the movie is titled after.
Wade
It's not "Smash Palace" or many other fine Aussie films of that genre.
Mr. Tamm

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Sideburns on August 23, 2002
Format: DVD
I have been an Australophile forever; if there was one decade that really brought Australia's best side for the rest of the world to see, it had to be the 1980's; the pop music from Down Under during that time was among the best in the world, and the movies from Australia have a wonderful sense of the country that make them far more representative of itself than other movies from other countries...you see an Australian movie and you just KNOW: "That's Australia".
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It may be hard to believe now, but there was once a time when Eric Roberts was much better-known than his sister Julia; this time parallels the time in Eric's career when he actually made good movies, like this one, f'rinstance.
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This movie is very enjoyable in its quirkiness...Eric Roberts is terrific as an ex-United States Marine Corps, Southern-fried Gordon Gecko (Roberts, like his sister Julia, is from Smyrna, GA, so he does come by the accent naturally) who eats, sleeps, and breathes Coca-Cola and is sent by the Corporate hotshots to find out why in one remote corner of the Australian outback (redundancy, anyone?) no Coca-Cola is sold. The reason, it turns out, is the local Cola Baron (played by Australian cinema standard Bill Kerr...check him out in another great Aussie flick, "Gallipoli") who produces terrific cola virtually by hand and with it has won an almost cult-like devotion by the locals.
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Greta Scacchi (who really does look like Susan Sarandon's kid sister in this movie) is the somewhat dizzy secretary with an on-again, off-again ex-husband and a beautiful wee daughter (who calls herself "DMZ", as in neutral territory where her parents can't fight) who starts attempting to seduce Roberts from his first day in Austalia.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tamm on November 1, 2005
Format: DVD
First of all,

I highly recommend the review below, by the guy named "Sideburns." I think he captures the factual basis and spirit for this film. I can understand how some who are "Australia-philes" might want to see a purely Aussie product, and this is not that. It's not "Smash Palace" or many other fine Aussie films of that genre. What this film is, can be described in one word: WEIRD.

That's a good thing.

The genius of Eric Roberts used to be (and may still be again), his ability to seemingly lose himself in his roles, and do so while lacking any self-consciousness about how he comes across. To see this film and then see other excellent (and weird) films, including "The Pope of Greenwich Village" and "Runaway Train," is to see a career arc that was pretty amazing. He seemed to get into serious films with major talent around him, and then be able to carry-off demanding roles (albeit, some similar, sure), with energy and command.

Okay, onto this film. First of all, let's be honest, this is not a deep film. It's not meant to be. It is almost like an indie verson of a Farrely brothers film, at least their early ones, where they don't mind taking risks and also having fun. There's also a nice romantic subtext they had ("Kingpin" - believe it or not, "Me, Myself & Irene") where, in a ridiculous way, they reflect what's in a good majority of people who are either searching for love, or just searching for something in themselves, and they find it reflected or - in the case of the main characters in the Farrely films, and definitely in "Coca Cola Kid," abbetted by others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fredrick A. Waff on May 6, 2002
Format: DVD
The Coca-Cola Kid gets by on it's off-beat charm of which it is loaded with. Eric Roberts is Perfect as Becker the hotshot trouble shooter who comes to bring coca-cola to the outback. Along the way he becomes a better person as he encounters a local soft drink makerwho refuses to be pushed aside by the American giant. Greta Scacci plays Beckers love interest who has a few secrets of her own. Yes it is compareable to "Local Hero" but is original enough to stand on it's own. One of Roberts better performances.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D.B. Spalding on February 14, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Not one of Makavejev's best, and fans probably shun it as a "commercial job," but it's charming in the same vein that Bill Forsyth's 80s comedies were. Come to think of it, COCA-COLA KID was probably geared to cash in on the success of GREGORY'S GIRL and LOCAL HERO.
Still, the story about a big city, American "corporate troubleshooter" raising capitalistic hell with some wacky Aussie has its moments. Eric Roberts is superb as a lean, clean, ex-Marine, preaching and drawlin' his way through an office wasteland in search of trouble to root out and resolve. He runs amuck of skeptical executives, a ultra-cute divorcee with an instant crush, her cute as a button daughter, an old-fashioned, rural soda pop maker, and a subversive hotel bell hop who's convinced he's a CIA operative. Result: nothing like the Atlanta executives intended in sending their "miracle worker" down under.
The plotline seems to sputter out as the story digs in; that is, when the action and dialog are fast and furious, the film's utterly charming. (The DVD is worth its price for Roberts' near-religious presentation on the worldwide appeal of Coca-Cola.) But when it all has to slow down to bring the story up to date, the sparkle dims. Still, Roberts and Greta Scacchi (as the smitten secretary) are great. Watch for Tim Finn doing a costar turn as well as composing some of the soundtrack.
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