Lewan's financial crimes were described by The Morning Call as a "classic Ponzi scheme ". Information on Lewan's early life is found primarily on his official website, which states that Lewan was born in Bydgoszcz in northern Poland in during the German occupation of the country during World War II. He also sang in an opera. Lewan served in the Central Polish Army for several years as all young men in Poland were obliged to do at the time. Rhonda then married Steve Saive, the former trumpet player of Jan Lewan's polka band. He settled in Northeastern Pennsylvania where he continued his polka career.
He was played by the late John Candy. Gus first appears in the Scranton airport when Kate is trying to get a flight to Chicago. Upon hearing about her dilemma, Gus offers her a ride, which Kate gladly accepts. Gus later appears in a Budget truck, and he and his band, the Kenosha Kickers, are playing their version of the song "Deck the Halls" while Kate listens. At one point, Gus stops playing the clarinet, offers it to her and asks her if she plays; she shakes her head. When he tries to get her to play, Kate refuses to do so. Gus accepts this and keeps playing the clarinet while Kate listens, liking the song.
The film is about real-life Polish-American polka band leader Jan Lewan , who was imprisoned in for running a Ponzi scheme. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, The film opens at a performance of Jan Lewan's Black polka band in Pennsylvania. Near the close of the show, he brings his wife Marla Slate onstage. A former beauty queen, Marla is modeling some jewelry that Lewan sells at his souvenir store. After the concert, Jan recounts to a happy concertgoer how he and Marla met, and how he has worked every terrible job imaginable, from dishwasher to janitor, in order to achieve the American dream. The clarinetist in his band, Mickey Schwartzman , visits Jan at his gift shop in order to quit the band. Jan takes him to a pizza restaurant nearby, and urges him to stay, promising him more money.
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