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The Last Polka

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Genre  Comedy, Music
Screenplay  John Candy, Eugene Levy
Language  English
7.8/10 IMDb

Director  John Blanchard
Producer  Eugene Levy
Country  Canada
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Writer  John Candy, Eugene Levy
Release date  April 1985 (1985-04)
Cast  John Candy (Yosh Shmenge), Eugene Levy (Stan Shmenge), Rick Moranis (Linsk Minyk), Catherine O'Hara (Lemon Twin), Robin Duke (Lemon Twin), Dave Thomas (Narrator)
Similar movies  John Candy appears in The Last Polka and directed Hostage for a Day

The Last Polka is a 1985 comedy television film, and one of the first mockumentaries. It was written by and starred John Candy and Eugene Levy, and directed by John Blanchard.

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The Last Polka follows the life, careers, and the final concert of Yosh (Candy) and Stan (Levy) Shmenge, two brothers from the fictional country of Leutonia who become the biggest polka duo the world has ever seen. It is presented as a mixture of live concert performance and filmed scenes.

Many fellow SCTV performers including Rick Moranis, Catherine OHara, and Robin Duke appear in the film. Dave Thomas narrates.

The live concert in the film is a loose parody of The Bands concert movie The Last Waltz. Special guests and longtime Shmenge collaborators include The Lemon Twins (Duke, OHara and her real life sister Mary Margaret OHara) doing a medley of their "hits" and also Linsk Minyk (Moranis) performing a medley of road songs that culminates in a version of the Doors "Touch Me".

One stand out scene has The Shmenges performing an outdoor stadium Michael Jackson salute concert, complete with glitter outfits, sequin glove, and a polka version of "Beat It".

The Shmenges were originally created as characters for the television series Second City TV and were also known on SCTV as The Happy Wanderers.

The Last Polka was produced for and first broadcast on the HBO cable network. Both John Candy and Eugene Levy were nominated in 1985 for a Cable Ace Award in the Best Performance in a Comedy Special category.

As of March 2008, this video is out of print and has not yet been released on DVD.

A mockumentary that depicts the final concert of Yosh and Stan Shmenge aka the Happy Wanderers.


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