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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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Maya Forbes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Jan Lewan
Jenny Slate ... Marla Lewan
Jason Schwartzman ... Mickey Pizzazz
Jacki Weaver ... Barb
J.B. Smoove ... Ron Edwards (as JB Smoove)
Robert Capron ... David Lewan
Willie Garson ... Lonny
Vanessa Bayer ... Bitsy Bear
Robert Macaux Robert Macaux ... Christopher
Mary Klug Mary Klug ... Anita Krzyewski
Wallace Wolodarsky ... Vince (as Wally Wolodarsky)
Lew Schneider Lew Schneider ... Lou Laroue
Phyllis Kay Phyllis Kay ... Marilyn
Richard Donelly Richard Donelly ... Stan Moetek
Kati Salowsky ... 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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Would Be Polka King See more »

Filming Locations:

Rhode Island, USA

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mickey picks Jan up from prison, his car has a Pennsylvania front license plate. Pennsylvania only issues a single plate that is placed on the rear of the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jan Lewan: [narrating] When I was little boy in Poland, all the times, I dreaming of America. So I come, I work hard, and I climb to the highest stars.
Jan Lewan: [on stage singing] Oh, la, la; Ole, ole, ole, ole; O la-di, o la-la; Ole, ole, ole, ole; O la-di, o la-la Let's go!
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Connections

References Donny & Marie (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Serdeczna Matko
Traditional, arranged by Louis Dusseault and Tony Malionek
Performed by Happy Louie and Julcia's Polka Band
Courtesy of Ha Lo Records
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It's really an 8 but 2 extra stars .......
7 April 2018 | by StevesSeenThatSee all my reviews

2 extra stars since so few other movies out there right now seem to think they need a plot, characters you care about, and try to keep it under an hour and a half. This movie has all of that.

It's warm, sweet, it moves right along, it stays engaging, and there's polka music!

BTW if you enjoyed this movie you will also like Bernie which also stars Jack Black, is also a biopic, and also has a plot with characters you care about.


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