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


Maya Forbes
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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 ... 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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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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Crazy Credits

You can see and hear the real Jan Lewin and his band perform. See more »


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


Ole Ole Ole 12 Inch
Written by Mike Stock, Jeanine Dee, Roland Verlooven, Matt Aitken (as Matthew James Aitken) and Pete Waterman
Performed by Jack Black
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A Grammy-nominated con artist gets the Black treatment
30 January 2018 | by bettycjungSee all my reviews

1/29/18. Jack Black seems to have a knack for playing real life creeps, like Bernie Tiede in Bernie, the undertaker who embezzled $3 million from a wealthy widow after killing her. In this movie, Black plays the con artist, Jan Lewan, a Polka entertainer who pulled a Bernie Madoff on his many unsuspecting fans. Lewan sucked millions from people who were entranced by his ebullient personality. Black did a great job with this role.

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Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Polka King See more »

Filming Locations:

Rhode Island, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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