Didn’t Make the Cut

Watching The Nativity Story has become a tradition for me. I utterly love the way Oscar Isaac portrays Joseph.  He’s an incredible example of selfless love and protective devotion, to GOD, to Mary and the infant JESUS.  But a Bible could be  filled with the best lines that didn’t make it into that movie. Such is Hollywood.

During the month of January, NCWA blog is running a contest on “Best lines in books that didn’t make it into the screen” (either T.V. or theater).


Dennis Brooke has two great examples:

1)THE BLIND SIDE by Michael Lewis: (from page 130) At one point after the homeless Michael Oher had been adopted by the Tuohys, a rich family, Leigh Anne Tuohy realized he needed a backpack for his school books.

“…so she went out and bought him a North Face backpack. Michael had taken one look at it and said, “I don’t want to take that to school.”

“Why not?” she’d asked.

“That’s the one the little rich kids carry.” he said.

“Michael,” she’d said.”You are a little rich kid.”

That scene didn’t make the movie.

2) In the book, BAND OF BROTHERS by Stephen Ambrose: (from pp. 18,19) Pvt. Ed Tipper said of his first day…, “I looked up at nearby Mount Currahee and told someone, ‘I’ll bet that when we finish the training program here, the last thing they’ll make us do will be to climb to the top of that mountain’.”

A few minutes later they changed, ran most of the three miles to the top and back down again. Within a week they were running…all the way up and back.

A great line that didn’t make the miniseries.


How about you? Have you read a wonderful book, anticipated the movie, then been disappointed that one of your favorite lines didn’t make the cut?

Leave a comment with your example by January 31st, and your name will be entered in a drawing.


1)Signed copy of   by Rev. Michael Duncan

2)  by Karen Kingsbury

3)   also by Karen Kingsbury

4) One pound of Starbucks coffee


One thought on “Didn’t Make the Cut

  1. Recently, I enjoyed the Narnia “Dawn Treader” movie, which reminded me of a quote I liked from “Prince Caspian. Unfortunately, in that movie it was watered down, and lost its impact – but here it is, from chapter 10 of the book, when Lucy encounters Aslan, after a long absence:

    “Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
    “That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
    “Not because you are?”
    “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”


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