Quiet a strong story and there is a certain passivity towards the end of the life of Lancaster's character that makes it really gripping. There are some great visual clues scattered all over this move which makes it very joyful to watch. Gardner looks astounding in the film and her character is never really "cold", only selfish.
The only thing that disturbed me in the film is that his transformation from being a pretty optimistic stubborn boxer to a very negative passive gas station attendant happened a bit fast (and not actually in the movie). The guy put up such a struggle in the beginning that I wondered why he never got around to figure out what had happened to him.