Abstract : Static deflection as well as free and forced large-amplitude vibrations of thin rectangular rubber plates under uniformly distributed pressure are investigated. Both physical, through a neo-Hookean constitutive law to describe the non-linear elastic deformation of the material, and geometrical non-linearities are accounted for. The deflections of a thin initially flat plate are described by the von Karman non-linear plate theory. A method for building a local model, which approximates the plate behavior around a deformed configuration, is proposed. This local model takes the form of a system of ordinary differential equations with quadratic and cubic non-linearities. The corresponding results are compared to the exact solution and are found to be accurate. Two models reflecting both physical and geometrical non-linearities and geometrical non-linearities only are compared. It is found that the sensitivity of the deflection to the physically induced non-linearities at moderate strains is significant.