Damian Chapa (Kilo)Sal Lopez (Loco)Emilio Rivera (Rudy)Jennifer Tilly (Sebeva)Faye Dunaway (Atty. Gen. Navarro)Ismael 'East' Carlo (Manny)Joanna Pacula (Jessica Lancaster)Robert Wagner (Paul Fisch)Gary Busey (Lars)Stacy Keach (Gov. Lancaster)Brad Dourif (Cyrus)Ralf Moeller (Special Agent Kurt Meyers)Melora Hardin (Jane)Rachel Hunter (Newscaster)Kathleen Quinlan (Judge Scorsi)Ricco Chapa (Miguel Jr.)Henry Pittman (C-Note)Nicholas LoCash (Young Kilo)
In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son Kilo yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new life as a dealer begins. Starting off small, dealing to the high school and college market, Kilo discovers that the drug business is very profitable. With a little help from the well-connected, seductive daughter of a Colombian gangster, he becomes a drug kingpin with a nationwide monopoly on drug-running. While conquering the drug world, Kilo falls in love with a local Latina who quickly becomes pregnant. Shortly thereafter, Kilo is involved in a drug deal with a wired frat boy that goes bad, and he is imprisoned. His exciting, stylish life as a drug lord seems to have come to a halt. But prison life does not stop Kilo from running his operation. He enlists the support of other prisoners including Crips, Bloods, and a very powerful Jamaican mobster, and is able to expand his drug empire. Not only is his business booming, he is also hired by the governor to kill another inmate in return for an early release. It seems like a perfect opportunity for Kilo to get back to his family, but this job leads to a world of trouble for him after his release. He is now a free man and a new father with a drug franchise covering both coasts. He is living a life of luxury in a huge mansion with a Mercedes in the driveway. Several years after his release, his drug-using father Manny comes back into his life and Kilo reluctantly welcomes him back with a job overseeing all of his drug-runners. Everything is perfect. Watching his son grow up has a profound effect on him and he limits his dealing to marijuana. This business decision slows down his profits. Also, a conservative judge and the attorney general become suspicious of his early release and its relation to the murdered prisoner. The feds are now determined to bring Kilo's operation down. Arrests of his posse are piling up and, profits are plummeting. Everything is going entirely too wrong, and Kilo can't stop it. In a world where a man wants everything, he could end up with nothing.