GenreAction, Drama, Thriller Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateNovember 2, 1996 ProducersGeena Davis, Renny Harlin, Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman CastBill Pullman (Steve Donohue), Robert Loggia (Captain Lou Unger), Blair Underwood (Lieutenant C. Hodges), Leo Burmester (Commissioner Russell Crane), Roma Maffia (Laurie Meisinger), James Rebhorn (Mayor Taylor) Similar moviesHeywood Gould directed Mistrial and Trial by Jury, Suspect (1987), Trespass (2011), The Last Innocent Man (1987), The Juror (1996)
TaglineOne man has taken control of the courtroom - and it isn't the judge.
Mistrial 1996 trailer
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.
Bill Pullman as Steve Donohue
Robert Loggia as Captain Lou Unger
Jon Seda as Eddie Rios
Blair Underwood as Lieutenant C. Hodges
Leo Burmester as Commissioner Russell Crane
Roma Maffia as Laurie Meisinger
James Rebhorn as Mayor Taylor
Christina Cox as Officer Ida Cruz
Josef Summer as Nick Mirsky
Peter McNeill as Chief Inspector Ray Hartman
Although the film was shot principally in Canada, the NYPD and other NYC sources were credited with assisting and advising.