The first shot of Whoopi Goldberg walking and clutching the purse, is exactly like the shot in Hitchcock's Marnie, which is also about a thief.
As Whoopi and Bob talk in a apartment in the background you can see a promotional poster with the Robotech logo, the SDF-1 and Rick Hunter in a cockpit of a flying plane.
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