The Polka King Movie

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The Polka King

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2018 | Biography Crime

Centers on local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan (Jack Black) who develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.

U.S. Release Date

The Polka King release date was Friday, January 12, 2018. This was a Netflix Only release.

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Maya Forbes
Wally Wolodarsky


Maya Forbes
Wally Wolodarsky


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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.

This exuberant tragicomedy recounts the remarkable but true story of the rise and fall of Polish émigré Jan Lewan (Jack Black), from striving tchotchke shop owner in the ’70s to the undisputed “King of Pennsylvania Polka” in the early ’90s. Lewan pursued the American Dream by any means necessary, fleecing investors and bribing officials to build a personal musical empire in what became the world’s only known Polka Ponzi scheme. Swept up by Lewan’s charismatic charm are his devoted wife, Marla (Jenny Slate), and his neurotic sidekick, Mickey (Jason Schwartzman).
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  • Based on documentary film by Joshua Brown and John Mikulak. True story.

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