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The Polka King (2017)

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Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.
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Mickey Pizzazz
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Barb
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Ron Edwards (as JB Smoove)
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David Lewan
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Lonny
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Bitsy Bear
Robert Macaux ...
Christopher
Mary Klug ...
Anita Krzyewski
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Vince (as Wally Wolodarsky)
Lew Schneider ...
Lou Laroue
Phyllis Kay ...
Marilyn
Richard Donelly ...
Stan Moetek
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Connie Klopski
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Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.

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The greatest scandal in polka history.


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12 January 2018 (USA)  »

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The Man Who Would Be Polka King  »

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The real Jan Lewan, whose life this film is based, was in attendance at the Sundance Film Festival 2017 screening at the Eccles theatre. During the cast and crew Q&A, Jan joined Jack Black onstage to perform an a capella version of the Polka Rap. See more »

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Written and Performed by Paul Simon
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Not great, but not the atrocity depicted in some of these reviews.
15 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

This is not a great movie. It is caught in a time warp. I love Jack Black. But, when he is out of control, the movie can go off the rails and that happened here. This movie has a similar vibe to Bernie and Nacho Libre, both of which were better movies. This would have been a better film if his character was played straight, as opposed to the goofy character in The Polka King. The real Jan Levan stole real money from real people. He wasn't a sweet misguided immigrant. The story deserved a better vehicle for its telling. I do, however, find it ironic that a number of the super critical reviews here are by people who cannot spell, don't know how to use proper punctuation and have bad grammar. Draw your own conclusions.


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