7.1/10
38
2 user 2 critic

The Man Who Would Be Polka King (2009)

The Man Who Would Be Polka King Poster
Trailer
2:40 | Trailer

Directors:

(as Joshua von Brown),

Writers:

, (as Joshua von Brown)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

Director: Maya Forbes
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky
The Brink (2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Top U.S. government and military scramble to prevent World War 3 from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis.

Stars: Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Pablo Schreiber
Gifted II (2016)
Drama

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer
Comedy

Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.

Directors: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky
Stars: Jack Black
Comedy

A misfit living amongst neighborhoods and homes that have declared themselves sovereign nations, is recruited to wage a battle against the nation of Wayne County, Nevada.

Director: Jared Hess
Stars: Jack Black
Tag I
Comedy

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Stars: Will Ferrell, Jack Black
Comedy

Plot is unknown at this time.

Anon (2017)
Sci-Fi | Thriller

Set in a world without anonymity or crime, a detective meets a woman who threatens their security.

Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Clive Owen
Comedy

An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson
To the Bone (2017)
Drama

A young woman is dealing with anorexia. She meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

Director: Marti Noxon
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Lily Collins, Carrie Preston
Why Him? (2016)
Comedy

A dad forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter's young rich boyfriend.

Director: John Hamburg
Stars: Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Bryan Cranston
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Byrne ...
Himself
Pete Chacho ...
Himself
Catherine Damavandi ...
Herself
Kent Jackson ...
Himself
Wash King ...
Himself
Greg Korin ...
Your Host Stan Tadrowski
John Koterba ...
Himself
Dolly Kubasko ...
Herself
Sam LeSante ...
Himself
Daniel Lewan ...
Himself
Jan Lewan ...
Himself
Rhonda Lewan ...
Herself
Jerry Lynott ...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
Steve Saive ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA)  »

Box Office

Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of The Polka King See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The polka singer who would be Bernie Medoff
28 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, In all honesty, I tuned into this on hulu.com as a goof. Needed some frivolous divertissement and figured "what can be goofier than a polka band?" Instead, I watched a local tragedy of sorts that involves a rigged Mrs Pennsylvania beauty contest, a crash of a tour bus in Florida and the destruction of an individual who may or may not have it coming. The best stories to me aren't the epics of kings and presidents but of usual lives in difficult situations and this documentary focuses on a Polish immigrant who makes his name in the polka community of Pennsylvania and then branches out. Once nominated for a Grammy in the now defunct Best Polka Album in 1995, Jan Lewan would get involved in selling promissory notes with interest returns not unlike Bernie Medoff. The story doesn't end well and it's a fascinating look at a slice of life most of us have no experience with and probably even less interest in. The American Dream gone bad, I suppose. It's a low-budget documentary and, frankly, the home-made aspect of the film adds to the charm of this bizarre story. At just over an hour, it makes its point without wasting one's time.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wife in Jail? euromarkusx
Discuss The Man Who Would Be Polka King (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?