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Jack Frost (1998)

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A father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever.


Troy Miller


Mark Steven Johnson (story), Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Jack Frost
Kelly Preston ... Gabby Frost
Joseph Cross ... Charlie Frost
Mark Addy ... Mac MacArthur
Andrew Lawrence ... Tuck Gronic (as Andy Lawrence)
Eli Marienthal ... Spencer
Will Rothhaar ... Dennis
Mika Boorem ... Natalie
Benjamin Brock Benjamin Brock ... Alexander
Taylor Handley ... Rory Buck
Joe Rokicki ... Mitch
Cameron Ferre Cameron Ferre ... Pudge
Ahmet Zappa ... Snowplow Driver
Paul F. Tompkins ... Audience Member
Henry Rollins ... Sid Gronic


Jack Frost is a singer who's on the road most of the time so he can't spend a lot of time with his son Charlie, although they love each other very much. When Jack dies in a car accident, Charlie becomes a very sad young man, until... Jack returns as a snowman! Now they can do all the things they've missed when Jack was human, but what will people think when they see Charlie talking to a snowman and what will happen when the weather gets warmer? Written by Peter Huiskes <huiskes@westbrabant.net>

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Jack Frost is getting a second chance to be the world's coolest dad... if he doesn't melt first. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Tim Allen was considered for the title role, but couldn't do it as he was in the midst of shooting the final season of Home Improvement (1991). See more »


The tour sheet on the fridge shows the Denver concert as the 22nd. Next day (23rd) Charlie arrives home from school, and Jack is still traveling home. 24th is Charlie's hockey game, and that night Jack says to head to the cabin. The next day,25th, while packing, Jack gets a phone call to perform "Tomorrow", to which Gabby states is Christmas Day. See more »


Charlie: Hold on. This is really weird. I just hugged a snowman!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are formed from snowflakes and blow away. See more »


Referenced in WatchMojo: Top 10 Ridiculous Movie Plots (2015) See more »


Free Ride
Written by Dan Hartman
Performed by The Edgar Winter Group (as Edgar Winter Group)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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It's Not Perfect but I See No Need for the Hatred
5 December 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Jack Frost (1998)

*** (out of 4)

Musician Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) has neglected his kid Charlie (Joseph Cross) for years and one day before Christmas he's killed in a car wreck. Flash forward a year when Charlie builds a snowman who is magically taken over by the spirit of his father and two begin to spend some quality time together. You can read just about any review out there for this film and words such as disgusting, creepy, ugly, rude and traumatizing are going to be used. I must admit that there are times when I watch movies and I just can't see what people see in them and there are times when I view a movie where I can't see why people hate them so much. Look, I agree that this kids film has a rather ugly subject in regards to a kid losing his father but for the life of me I can't figure out why there's so much hatred thrown at this film. I thought the film was very sweet, featured some good performances and I think its heart is in the right place. I really don't understand why some are taking such a strong moral clause with this film and throwing a judgment on it as to what damage it might do to kids. Really? Countless Disney films have scared young children yet no one says a word about them. E.T. scared me to death as a child but no one bashes that film. Is JACK FROST in their level? Not even close but no matter the quality I don't see the need for the moral police. Again, I thought the film was innocent enough and had a good heart. I thought Keaton did a very good job early in the film when we actually see him and I thought his vocal work as the snowman was terrific. I found him to be fun to watch and I thought the relationship between him and the son was quite good. Is JACK FROST the next IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE? Of course not but I don't see the need for calling this movie child abuse.

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Release Date:

11 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,104,125, 13 December 1998

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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