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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.


Maya Forbes





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


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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Closing credits show some documents from original Jan Lewan's career. Among other, his Polish actors association card (dated 1964), signed by Henryk Szletynski, great Polish stage actor and the society's chairman. The card reveals also that Lewans real name is "Lewandowski". See more »


Although the minor detail was caught to use the proper blue & yellow Pennsylvania license plates prior to the year 2000 and then update them to the current form upon Lewan's release from prison, vehicles are shown having front plates. Pennsylvania does not issue front license plates. See more »


[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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References Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) See more »


Kosil Ojciec Siano
Written by Zofia Rogoszowna
Arranged by Stephen Kaminski
Performed by Jack Black
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Black steals bizarre biopic
21 January 2018 | by Donatien3See all my reviews

While 'The Polka King' just seems like a vehicle for Jack Black to show off his singing talents, this Netflix exclusive is based on the true story of Polish polka singer Jan Lewan (Black) who traps his wealthy fans/investors in an elaborate Ponzi scheme.

Black - relatively restrained by his usual standards - plays Lewan as a hard-working, big-dreaming and God-fearing entertainer who wants to please his wife Marla ('Parks and Recreation's' Jenny Slate) and critical mother-in-law (Jackie Weaver), his expanding band (including best friend and clarinet player Mickey, played by Jason Schwartzman) and his adoring fans. He needs money to do so, and that's where the trouble starts...

Black nails the cheesy, silly polka songs with the Polish accent. Like his other biopic 'Bernie', TPK shows what a talented singer Black is outside of his comedy acoustic rock bank Tenacious D.

If you love Black as a singer, it's worth watching.

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