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'Body Snatchers' kicks off Suwanee movie series

SUWANEE - What do "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "Dr. Strangelove" and "Young Frankenstein" have in common?

Two things: All three are classics and can be seen this summer as a part of Suwanee's annual Movies on Main Street series at the Burnette-Rogers Pavilion in Old Town Suwanee.

Things kick off June 28 with the 1956 thriller "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," directed by Don Siegal and starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Winter. In the oft-remade film, a doctor returns to his hometown to find folks claiming that their relatives are impostors. Suspicious, he soon discovers that malevolent beings have taken over the town's residents. Mass hysteria is unleashed and, well, you'll just have to see what happens next.

On July 26, viewers will be treated to the Stanley Kubrick's Cold War classic "Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." Purportedly based on Peter George's novel "Red Alert," the plot involves a crazed U.S. general who orders an initial nuclear strike on the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, the president of the United States - played by the brilliant Peter Sellers - and his allies try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse, as well as the crew of one B-52 as they attempt to deliver their payload.

"Young Frankenstein," a Mel Brooks staple, will close out the series Aug. 23 with a double feature of the parody. After years of living on his family reputation, Dr. Frankenstein's grandson inherits the family castle and continues to reanimate the dead. But when Igor gives him the brain of one "Abby Normal" to install, things run afoul.

All movies are free to the public and are intended for adults and teens. Screenings begin at 8 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic suppers are welcomed. Alcohol is not permitted.