Mistrial (1996 film)

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Directed by Heywood Gould
Produced by Bart Brown
Bruce Cohen
Geena Davis
Renny Harlin
Rebecca Spikings
Written by Heywood Gould
Music by Brad Fiedel
Cinematography Paul Sarossy
Edited by Rod Dean
Jon Poll
Distributed by HBO
Release date
  • November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mistrial is a 1996 American drama film written and directed by Heywood Gould and starring Bill Pullman, Jon Seda, and Robert Loggia. The film aired on HBO.


After community activist Eddie Rios (Seda), charged with the murder of two NYPD officers, one of them his ex-wife, is found not guilty due to legal technicalities, arresting detective Steve Donohue (Pullman) takes the judge, jury, and Rios hostage, and decides to have a new trial, presenting evidence that was not previously allowed. His captain Lou Unger (Loggia) tries to convince Donohue to end his hostage taking peaceably.



Although the film was shot principally in Canada, the NYPD and other NYC sources were credited with assisting and advising.