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}{0ТТ@БЬ)Ч / Khottabych
2006 cover of the film
Directed byPyotr Tochilin
Written byPyotr Tochilin (screenplay)
Veronica Voznyak
Sergey Klado (book)
Produced bySergey Selyanov
StarringMarius Jampolskis
Vladimir Tolokonnikov
Julia Paranova
Mark Geykhman
Liva Kruminya
CinematographyVladimir Zapasov
Victor Zubarev
Igor Grinjakin
Edited byValery Feodorovich
Music byDmytro Shurov
Distributed bySTV Film Company, Mill
Release date
  • 10 August 2006 (2006-08-10)
Running time
92 minutes
LanguagesEnglish, Russian
Box officeUS$1,382,450 (Russia)

Khottabych (Russian: Хоттабыч [}{0ТТ@БЬ)Ч], Hottabych) is a 2006 Russian fantasy comedy film by STV Film Company. It is based on the novel The Copper Jar of Old Khottabych by Sergey Oblomov, and uses the title character, genie Khottabych, created by Soviet writer Lazar Lagin for his children's book and movie Old Khottabych (1956). The film has the screen name K}{OTT@B\)CH, underscoring the film's Internet motif. It opened in theaters on 10 August 2006 at Karoprokat.


A youth named Gena is a hacker hooked on computers and the Internet. His girlfriend is fed up with him, because he pays so little attention to her and so much to his electronic exploits, such as defacing the web site.

Attempting to mend his relationship with his girlfriend, he buys an ancient jar from an Internet-auction and finds a genie residing in it. Per the fairy-tale tradition, he is offered three wishes. First, the genie, named Hottabych by Gena, prints a huge number of US$100 banknotes. Unfortunately Hottabych is not familiar with modern paper, and the banknotes are printed on Egyptian papyrus. This later sets off a chain of events leading back to Gena.

Unbeknownst to him, the local mafia is aware of Gena's skills and is intent on forcing him to gain entrance to bank computers. Furthermore, the Russian and American police forces are attempting to locate him because of his recent activity on the Internet. The Americans send a female hacker named Annie to trick Gena into revealing himself, which he does. After a rocky start to their relationship, romance ensues.

Things are further complicated by an evil genie named Shaitanych who is also hunting for the jar, in an attempt to collect all 13 genie-vessels and gain dominion over Earth, so no dreams may be ever fulfilled (he names this "The Greatest Worldwide Bummer"). After Hottabych grants Gena's final wish, he decides to become a mortal man and is subsequently killed by Shaitanych. Left with nothing but a strand of Hottabych's hair, Gena and Annie decode his DNA and upload the binary code into the Internet, where a final battle takes place between Hottabych and Shaitanych.



Music score, lyrics, songs[edit]


  • The car used by the main characters is a modified Pobeda M20. It was sold on Internet auction for $10,000.
  • The off-screen voice is Dmitry Puchkov known as Goblin.
  • Filmed at Russian State Genetic Scientific Research Institute. The device used by Gena is really used in the process of DNA analysis.
  • In the scene shot at the Red Square, extras dressed up as Russian police officers stood around the perimeter of the set to prevent strangers from entering it.
  • In the episode where Gena is beaten by police officers, one of them missed actor Jampolskis' protective wear and hit actor with all his might.
  • The movie uses nmap[1]

Video release[edit]

The film was released by Soyuz Video (Russian: Союз Видео) on VHS and DVD in August 2006 without subtitles, and also on PAL DVD-editions by Karoprokat with subtitles and the trailer of the film. In the United States and Canada, it was released on VHS and DVD without subtitles and with English simultaneous interpretation on system NTSC in September.

The aspect ratio of the movie is 16:9 (1.85:1).


  1. ^ "Movies Featuring Nmap". Retrieved 10 April 2016.

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